(CNN)Liverpool's pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple remains intact after a spectacular second-half comeback saw the Reds overcome a huge scare against Villarreal in the Champions League semifinal on Tuesday.
Liverpool reaches Champions League final after being rocked by Villarreal
Three goals in rapid succession from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane rocketed Liverpool to a 3-2 victory (5-2 on aggregate) and a third Champions League final in just five years, though the scoreline -- quite literally -- told only half the story.
Despite arriving at Estadio de la Cerámica with a commanding two-goal advantage, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp had warned that his side would have to be "ready to suffer," and the German's words proved prophetic as Villarreal stunned the visitors with a ferocious first-half display.
Early goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin sent the "Yellow Submarine" -- affectionately nicknamed due to their luminescent yellow kit -- into uncharted waters, threatening to sink Liverpool's hopes of becoming the first side to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same campaign.
Buoyed by the impact of second-half substitute Diaz, a flurry of goals during a scintillating 12 minute spell righted the ship and stamped Liverpool's ticket to the final in Paris on May 28.
With the League Cup already banked, triumph over Real Madrid or Manchester City in France would -- should Liverpool win the Premier League and FA Cup -- seal a historic achievement, lifting the status of Klopp's already lauded squad football immortality.
Speaking after the game, Klopp and Alexander-Arnold played it cool on who they would want to face in the final, telling BT Sport that whoever made it to Paris would deserve to be there.
Not Mohammed Salah though. Agonizingly substituted off with an injury in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in Kyiv in 2018, the Egyptian has unfinished business on his mind.
"I want to play Madrid [in the final]" Salah said. "I have to be honest City is a really tough team, we played against them a few times this season, but if you ask me personally I would prefer Madrid.
"Because we lost against them in the final, I want to play them again -- hopefully we win," he added, laughing.
Salah was similarly candid about chasing down a historic quadruple.
"The quadruple is the target now. Maybe not at the start of the season. I am always honest and focus on the Champions League and Premier League. But now, why not?" he said.
" After we beat City in the FA Cup semifinal [I