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“We weren’t even outplayed”, “Play an actual striker next time”: Some Liverpool fans upset with 3-0 loss to Barcelona + Player Ratings

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in action. (Getty Images)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in action. (Getty Images)

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. 

Fabinho 7

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:

https://twitter.com/crouchy7ryan/status/1123693238542655489

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