Brad Lewis: So which comeback was better, Liverpool or Spurs?

OPINION: I have to admit, even I leapt out of my comfortable chair in amazement, when Lucas Moura put Tottenham Hotspurs into the Champions League final on Wednesday morning.

Let me first stress that I am anything but a fan of the London club, but being a lover of football and a passionate lover of sport, I appreciated the moment and the monumental meaning of that goal.

Was it a better comeback than Liverpool's stunning win over Barcelona 24 hours earlier?

They both have solid cases, but for me, there is one clear winner.

Let's debate shall we?


Liverpool players celebrate.
Liverpool players celebrate. Photo credit: Reuters


Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he didn't think it would happen, despite undying trust in his players.

The Reds turned over a 3-0 deficit against the Spanish giants, stacked with some of the biggest names in football.

Put Lionel Messi to the side for a moment. Arguably, every player in the Barcelona squad would walk into most English Premier League teams, if not all of them.

Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique, Sergio Roberto, Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho are all prestigious talents that command fear by their names alone.

Combine that talent with Messi and you have an offensive powerhouse that should overrun any side in Europe.

And that's what they did the entire competition, until the opening whistle at Anfield. Liverpool played very well at the Nou Camp seven days ago, but couldn't capitalise on some great chances and paid the ultimate price.

But on Wednesday morning, they showed the footballing world that nothing should be taken for granted, when it comes to the 'beautiful game'.

Klopp inspired his troops through self-belief and tactics. Barcelona couldn't contain Liverpool's wide threat, or the powerful midfield combination of Jordan Henderson and the outstanding Fabinho.

The combined weekly salary of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson is in the ballpark of NZ$200,000. Suarez earns roughly NZ$600,000 a week, yet both young wing-backs proved their worth lies far deeper than their pay cheque.

Liverpool's dramatic comeback win marked the first time in Champions League history a side had overturned a first-leg semi-final deficit of three goals or more.

They did that against the best footballer the world has seen in 20 years.

They did that against a side that was handpicked by the Barcelona hierarchy to win the Champions League.

They did it without three of their best players in Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.

They did that less than 24 hours after Vincent Kompany’s goal all-but handed Manchester City the EPL title.

Imagine the emotional low the players must have felt, waking up on game-day, knowing that only a Brighton miracle would allow them a first top-flight title in more than 29 years, despite potentially scoring 97 competition points.

All that, yet still this Liverpool side beat the odds and pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in footballing history.

Tough to argue right?


Spurs players celebrate.
Spurs players celebrate. Photo credit: Reuters


Wow, 2-0 down on the night, 3-0 down on aggregate with less than 35 minutes to play, away from home against a younger side with a half dozen of the most talented players in Europe.

Oh, and they didn't have talisman Harry Kane - the best out-and-out striker in the Premier League for almost half a decade.

But the case for Spurs doesn't just rest on 35 minutes of sublime football that ended in one of the sport's greatest finishes.

Let's rewind a few months. Spurs had one point from their first three games - in the 'group of death no less - facing fixtures against Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

And even after securing one-goal wins at home to PSV and Inter, manager Mauricio Pochettino and his merry men still needed to avoid defeat at Barcelona and hope Inter drew at home.

They got both - two 1-1 draws on the night was enough for Spurs to advance to the knockout phases, because they had scored more goals than Inter.

Spurs crushed Dortmund in the round of 16, but faced the daunting prospect of EPL rivals Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

City struggled in London, Spurs heading back to Manchester with a one-goal lead. What followed was one of the greatest games in Champions League history. City won 4-3, but Spurs were through on away goals.

But a lethargic Tottenham was stifled at home in the first leg against Ajax and humbled in a scintillating opening 45 minutes in Amsterdam.

Then two things happened - Ajax held what they had and Spurs attacked at will.

What a second half it was. Lucas Moura produced the performance of his career to net three goals for his club, including the clincher five minutes into added time.

Simply breathtaking and given the story behind that moment, surely a better comeback than Liverpool?


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 07: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool players sing the anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone" with the Liverpool fans at the end of the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Photo credit: Getty


Without a shadow of doubt in my mind, Liverpool's magnificent display at Anfield tops anything Spurs could have done on Thursday.

C'mon people, they were playing Leo Messi and the might of Barcelona, trailing by three fricken goals.

Not only did they need to attack, but if they leaked a goal at the other end, it was all over... thanks for coming, another season of hope in the toilet.

But they shoved it up all you haters and had me running around my living room, virtually naked, shouting "C'mon boys, Get in, you beauty", among other things.

Oh by the way, you'll never walk alone.

Brad Lewis is a digital sports producer for Newshub - and a diehard Liverpool supporter.