Liverpool were beaten by the magic of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez’s goalscoring in the first leg of the semi-final.
The goals from Messi took his tally to 600 goals for the club he has always been at.
Liverpool missed a number of golden chances to draw level after Suarez’s early goal. The superiority that Liverpool showed in phases was of no result as they could not score on time to keep Barce in check.
Before the second leg next tuesday, both teams will be involved in their league games. While Barcelona has already wrapped up La Liga, Liverpool still have an ugly domestic battle to fight.
Valverde was perhaps reminiscing about last season’s Champions League exit at the hands of Roma when he warned his team of not being complacent.
“We won’t go there with precautions but experience must count for something,”
“We saw how Liverpool manage games and the pace with which they play, and we cannot forget that we can’t afford to feel extra confident. The tie is still open and we haven’t got through yet.”
– Ernesto Valverde via TeamTalk
In addition to warning his charges against any leniency in the second half he admits that an entire match is yet to be played at Anfield and if Barcelona have scored goals, so can Liverpool.
If Liverpool can not make up the deficit, or if Barcelona score goals at Anfield, the tie will effectively be over. Liverpool need to score without conceding, making this fixture a tough predicament to come out of, especially from 3-0 down and against Messi.