Liverpool alumni Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho knew they were in trouble, claims Paul Merson

Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

The Reds one-time aces came to Anfield with Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg 3-0 up and left 4-3 down on aggregate.

Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has opened up on the moment he felt Liverpool alumni Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho "knew" they were in trouble at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Having lost 3-0 at Camp Nou by a Lionel Messi-inspired Blaugrana outfit in the first leg, few were giving the Reds much, if any, hope of coming back from that defeat.

However, come back is just what they did, as Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each bagged a brace to blow Barca away and proceed to the final 4-3 on aggregate.

 

Much on the focus was on former Liverpool stars Suarez and Coutinho at Anfield, who cut dejected figures at the end of the game following the away side's capitulation.

However, Merson says he noticed a change in both players as soon as the seventh minute, when Origi opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp's side.

"As soon as Liverpool got the first goal the cameras were on Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho - and they knew," the Arsenal legend wrote in the Daily Star. "You could see it in their eyes. They knew they were in trouble."

(L-R) Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between FC Barcelona v Sevilla at the Camp Nou on October 20, 2018 in Barcelona...

The Reds set the ball rolling for what has so far been a superb week for English football in Europe, with Tottenham Hotspur following them in the final after their own incredible comeback, away at Ajax on Wednesday night.

The following day, both Chelsea and Arsenal won their Europa League semi-finals, making it an unprecedented clean sweep of teams from a single nation contesting the finals of both European competitions in one season.

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