Lionel Messi will be hosting Liverpool for the first leg of the semi-final at the Nou Camp. It is of importance because the team don’t just have to think of stopping Messi, but of scoring a vital away goal as well.
Tottenham and Liverpool are the only English teams remaining in the competition after Man City were outlasted by Spurs.
Van-Dijk will have the task of quietening Messi & Co. for two legs. As Manchester United will testify, that is not an easy task to do. However, United also don’t have the best defender in the league. The Dutchman obviously is thinking about ways to stop arguably the best individual footballer on the planet. His answer: teamwork.
“How are we going to do it (stop Messi)? I don’t know, we’ll see,”
“It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us. It’s about doing it all together, it’s never one v one, it’s never just me against a particular striker.
“It’s always us against everyone and I think that’s the only way we can defend well.”
“It’s going to be very hard. I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see. We’re very happy to be in the semi-final again.”