Arsene Wenger makes claim about Liverpool FC at Anfield after 4-0 win over FC Barcelona
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium is hated around Europe
Arsene Wenger has described Anfield as the “most hated stadium” in European football after Liverpool FC’s incredible 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona on Tuesday night.
The Reds looked set to miss out on consecutive appearances in the Champions League after FC Barcelona were 3-0 winners against Liverpool FC thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the first leg last week.
The Merseyside outfit had a sniff of a potential comeback when Belgium international Divock Origi broke the deadlock in the seventh minute with a close-range finish.
Georginio Wijnaldum came off the bench at half-time to replace Andy Robertson and the Netherlands international scored a quick-fire double with his right foot and head to level the tie on aggregate.
Origi completed one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history when the Belgium international produced an instinctive finish after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick corner.
Liverpool FC’s incredible comeback brought back memories of memorable resurgences in the European Cup, including their 4-3 victory over Klopp’s former team Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
And former Arsenal manager Wenger explained the Anfield effect after Liverpool FC reached the Champions League final in Madrid.
“In Europe they do well. Why? Anfield,” Wenger told beIN Sport.
“[For a] home game, this is the most hated stadium in Europe in a return game. It is the only place you don’t want to go.
“The atmosphere – everything – is special there.”
Liverpool FC lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last term when Loris Karius’ errors undermined a good performance from Klopp’s team in Kiev.
The Reds have won the competition on five previous occasions.