Lionel Messi opens up on Barcelona’s UCL exit vs Liverpool

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Liverpool’s epic Anfield comeback

The 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals will be ones fondly remembered by many Premier League fans.

However, they will be a very bad memory for those who support Barcelona.

After beating Liverpool 3-0 at the Nou Camp in the first leg, it seemed pretty likely that the Catalonian side would be booking their place in the UCL final.

That would not be the case though as Jurgen Klopp’s side put on an inspired display in the return leg at Anfield.

Braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum would ensure Liverpool earned a place in their second successive Champions League final.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior toduring the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City at Anfield on January 30, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Messi remembers

Barcelona had a similarly bad experience in last season’s competition.

They had a 4-1 lead vs AS Roma in the quarter-final but would lose the second leg 3-0 and crash out due to away goals.

After letting another substantial lead slip away this season, Lionel Messi has opened up on that horrible night at Anfield for Barca:

“[The Liverpool game] was a really hard blow that we received; for me and the rest of the players.

“It was hard to get back up. It was a really hard blow – We played a terrible game.

“It can happen one year but to happen two years in a row…. to have the chance to be in a Champions League final – that cannot be allowed.

“The coach has done impressive work. All the time he’s been here, he’s not to blame for the Liverpool elimination.

“We are the ones to blame.”As quoted by the Mirror.

Messi earns another Golden Boot

goles en @LaLiga = #GoldenShoe 18/19
¡Felicidades Leo!

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) 24 May 2019

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