In what Jurgen Klopp defined as the best away performance by his team, Liverpool was frustratingly defeated by Messi’s squad in Camp Nou. This was the first time in this year’s champions league when a dominating performance by one team turned into another team’s loss. Liverpool squad saw a lot of changes as Roberto Firmino was not completely fit for the game. It was Naby Keita who started for the reds at Camp Nou. The other Midfielders were Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, and Milner.
Barcelona chose to play Ex-Red players Coutinho and Suarez in his usual position. Looking aggressive in their press from the starting whistle of the game, Liverpool were looking dangerous from the first half. However, Barcelona stole the momentum after Naby Keita was bought down in a rough challenged. Sergio Busquets’s challenge on Naby was left unnoticed.
And then came the moment for Barcelona. Jordi Alba’s cross inside the 30-yard circle went past Jordan Henderson and reached Suarez before Robertson could clear it. Suarez’s moment of glory was not left in vain as his clever touch ended at the back of Liverpool’s net. The Uruguayan’s celebration was picturesque and a reflection of his impact. From then, Liverpool did not look as comfortable as they were earlier in their Press.
The second half of the game began with Liverpool’s desperate quest for an equalizer. It was high pressing again but this time with further aggression. Liverpool tested Marc Andre Ter-Stegen 3 to 4 times within 15 minutes. Salah’s attempt at goal was the closest but the excellent dive from Ter-Stegen. It was too late for Firmino to come in and hunt for the solo away goal.
Then came the influence of the world’s best footballer, certainly the God of Football. All of Liverpool’s aggression was turned into immense frustration by the Magician. Barcelona’s second goal was pickpocketing and Messi’s playmaking at its best.
However, Messi did get the third for Barcelona. Fabinho was booked just a few meters outside the 30 Yard Box. Messi stood for the Free-Kick. The Expensive Allison Becker turned into a spectator as Messi curled the ball into the top drawer. Now, Jurgen’s Men have a huge statement to make in the second leg of the game at Anfield.
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