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Messi the magnificent helps Barcelona ease past Liverpool

Even Liverpool boss Klopp bows to ‘wonder strike’ as Barca surge towards final

Bright lights: Two goal Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target to stun Liverpool last night
Bright lights: Two goal Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target to stun Liverpool last night
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted there was nothing that his side could do to stop Lionel Messi's one-man show in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Messi was at his sparkling best, scoring twice to hand Barcelona a 3-0 lead heading into next Tuesday's return leg, the second of which was an outstanding curling free-kick that left visiting goalkeeper Alisson with no chance.

Luis Suarez scored the opener against his former side, who were the better team for the majority of the game but who now have it all to do in the second leg at Anfield.

That was largely down to the majestic Messi, with Klopp unable to hide his admiration despite the defeat.

"I don't know if we can play it much better, but then you have that one moment, the ball goes onto the crossbar and then it's a very easy goal," lamented the Pool boss.

"The other is a wonder-strike again.

"I think Ali (Alisson) was there and each other ball he would have saved but that ball was obviously unsaveable.

"3-0 is not the easiest result but we have another game in the second leg and our people will be there."

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