Georginio Wijnaldum started Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona on the bench - he reacted when he came on.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum came off the bench at half-time to replace injured Andy Robertson in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona and had an immediate impact, scoring two goals to put the tie level on aggregate. And after Liverpool had gone on to win 4-0 to book a place in the final the Dutchman said his anger at starting on the bench was behind his stunning two-goal performance.
Wijnaldum was surprisingly left out of the starting XI despite injuries to Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as Liverpool attempted to overturn a 3-0 deficit at Anfield en route to the final.
Wijnaldum angry at starting on the bench
The Netherlands international was introduced at half-time to replace the injured Andy Robertson, though, and scored twice in the space of two minutes to pull the Reds level on aggregate before Divock Origi's sharp-witted second goal 11 minutes from time secured a famous win.
Speaking to BT Sport, Wijnaldum said: "It's unbelievable. After the game in Spain we were confident we could score four and win 4-0.
"People outside doubted us and thought we couldn't do it but we showed that everything is possible in football.
"It's really emotional because I was angry at the manager for putting me on the bench. I had to do something when I came on and I'm happy that I could help the team with two goals.
"We believed from the start that we could win and we managed to do it."