Barcelona vs Liverpool Ratings: Liverpool Player Ratings + Fans’ Reaction
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were outclassed by a Barcelona side led by the most iconic footballing talent of this generation – Lionel Messi. The Argentine magician was at his creative best and the Reds found it very difficult to deal with his mazy runs into the box.
The fixture ended 3-0 in the Catalan side’s favour with Luis Suarez getting the opening and Messi scoring the next two. The 3rd Barca goal was a sensational free-kick from almost 30 yards out that the Argentine made look easy. Liverpool must now hope to overturn a 3-goal deficit when Barcelona visit Anfield in a week’s time.
Here are the Liverpool Player Ratings:
Allison Becker: 7
Was assured whenever the ball was played into the Liverpool box but could’ve done better with Barca’s 2nd goal.
Joe Gomez 5
The youngster was tasked with defending against Lionel Messi on his return and he didn’t do too badly on occasion.
Virgil Van Dijk 6
The Dutchman wasn’t quite himself as he got caught on the ball a couple of times but was assured in defence.
Joel Matip 6
He did well under pressure at times and couldn’t really have done much about the Barcelona opener either.
Andy Robertson 6
Showed good pace down the flank in the first half but was kept a lot quieter by the Catalan defence in the 2nd period
James Milner 6
Wasted a couple of golden opportunities to score when the game was still within reach but couldn’t beat the keeper.
Did well in the centre of midfield by linking up well with the wide players and he showed some sharp turns and flicks too.
Georginio Wijnaldum 5
The midfielder was poor for most of the tie and he seemed to leave miles of space for the opposition to run into.
Naby Keita 4
Didn’t have more than a whiff of this tie as he was taken off in the first period and replaced by Jordan Henderson.
Sadio Mane 5
The pacy winger didn’t have a good night at all as absolutely nothing seemed to be going his way, despite getting chances.
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Mohamed Salah 6
Like his teammate on the opposite flank, Salah was wasteful at times but tested the Barcelona keeper well too.
Here’s how some frustrated Liverpool fans reacted to this gutting defeat: