Last night’s game in the Champions League saw Liverpool travel to Barcelona in the first leg of their CL semi-final.
Liverpool lived with Barcelona and captain Lionel Messi for 75 minutes, trailing the contest 1-0 to a surprisingly sharp Luis Saurez goal in the 26th minute.
The Merseyside team would have bitten your hand off if you gave them a 1-0 defeat to bring back home, but unfortunately, a sloppy score and wonder strike put the clinical Barca out of sight.
Liverpool had their own chances but couldn’t turn their creativity into a vital away goal. Messi got his first through a scrappy bit of play, bundling the ball over the line after Suarez’ attempt hit the bar. 2-0 with 75 minutes gone on the clock.
However, it was Messi’s beautiful free-kick in the 82nd minute that curled into the only place Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson could not reach and capped off his marvelous performance with two goals.
Messi’s 600th goal for Barcelona is exactly 14 years to the day since he scored his first ever goal. The goal was something to behold and in a way, the Argentine-wizard could only manage.
Few players could even contemplate what Messi did let alone accomplish it. Liverpool was wasteful while Barca clinical, despite the English-sides great heart and numerous amount of attacks throughout the game.
Liverpool will feel that they can score in the second tie at home in Anfield, but can they really get three goals?
They have been a side known for their big European night comebacks, but this will be their toughest test to date. Manager Jurgen Klopp will be confident in his side and having key striker Robert Firmino back will give his team a massive boost.
Lionel Messi is on a Champions League mission and has said he wants to make this year’s competition a winning one. And the evidence in the Nou Camp last night suggests he is in no mood to be denied his fifth European trophy.