Praise for Messi and some reason for optimism – Liverpool fans react to 3-0 defeat at Barcelona

1 May 2019

A harsh 3-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona left Liverpool’s European dreams on the ropes, and fans had mixed emotions at full-time.


Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool

Champions League Semi-Final First Leg, Nou Camp
May 1, 2019

Goals: Suarez 26′, Messi 75′, 82′


The Reds’ European campaign continued with a trip to Barcelona on Wednesday, and despite performing admirably Liverpool were punished for their missed chances in front of goal.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men were not without opportunities to hit the scoreboard in the first half, but it was ex-Red Luis Suarez who nudged his side into the lead with a clinical finish.

The Reds returned from the interval the dominant side but were again left to lament a lack of ruthlessness in the final third as a Lionel Messi double established a comfortable buffer for the Spanish outfit.

The result leaves Liverpool with a three goal deficit to overturn at Anfield.

Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on Twitter, Facebook and the This Is Anfield forums.

 

Wijnaldum’s surprise inclusion up front left a lot to be desired…



“Wijnaldum looks lost in this formation to be honest.”

Deadlock on the forums.


 

Plenty bemoaned the Reds’ lack of a clinical edge in the final third…




“We are not as clinical as them in front of goal. We just struggled to make all the chances we worked hard to open up count.”

lfc.eddie on the forums.


 

Matip’s standout performance, however, drew praise from fans…



“Matip completely shut Suarez down. Beautiful play.”

Neukolln on the forums.

 

But, in the end it was Messi’s brilliance which left many in awe…




“Messi is the best player in the history of the game by a country mile. He’s created everything they have done tonight. There’s no way to stop him, not even a superb team as ours.”

trygve76 on the forums.



 

Despite the result, there remains some optimism of a turnaround at Anfield…


“Shame, but we’ll destroy them at home.”

ptt on the forums.

“Still, let’s not forget that Barcelona threw away a three-goal first leg lead against Roma last year.

We are a better side than Roma.
We can still win this.
We are Liverpool.”

cynicaloldgit on the forums.


More from This Is Anfield



Fan Comments