Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

The Top Flight comments on Liverpools performance against Barcelona

The Top Flight comments on Liverpools performance against Barcelona

"It would be a bit odd if they didn't celebrate - especially that goal!".

Barcelona were forced to relinquish their ball-possession game, but still came away with a 3-0 victory that left the club in a strong position to reach their first final since they won their last European title four years ago. "Maybe not constantly (creating) chances, but we had moments".

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Roberto Firmino is unlikely to be fit for the Champions League semi-final, second leg clash at home to Barcelona on Tuesday.

"Today was the most important game of the year and I tried to enjoy it as much as possible".

" I know that Liverpool at Anfield is really hard, the team is good, but if Barcelona score one goal, they have to concede five".

"We're preparing. Players like [Ousmane] Dembele, [Clement] Lenglet, Arthur are there to build a team for when Messi stops playing, but I still see it as a long way off".

"I was happy with the performance, not too happy with the result".

"It was the best Champions League game we played, not only this year, but last year as well - how we defended, how courageous we were in these situations, how we were when we got the ball". To give you some context, Manchester City and Liverpool, the teams whom they aspire to match in the Premier League, have lost just six and seven respectively. And for this 90 minutes he forgot that he played for Liverpool.

Messi concurred with Valverde and warned his Barcelona teammates that their place in the Champions League final is still not certain.

"This Messi tonight was nearly like we've seen Cristiano Ronaldo do".

"What I heard, he got the hip of the goalie on his head", Klopp said.

"I think if we had scored at least one or two, people would have been talking a lot differently".

And Liverpool have no time to fret over their chastening Champions League defeat at the hands of Barcelona as they scramble to prevent their season from fizzling out without any silverware to show for it.

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