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Fabinho praises Liverpool defence for containing Lionel Messi

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Brazilian star Fabinho was full of praise for Liverpool’s handling of Lionel Messi on route to a sensational Champions League comeback victory over Barcelona.

After scoring twice at Camp Nou last week, Messi was successfully detained by Liverpool defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a forgettable night at Anfield, despite having a hand in all eight of Barcelona’s attempts at goal on Tuesday.

Therefore, the Catalan giants fell to a stunning 4-0 defeat to Liverpool following braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

It meant Jurgen Klopp’s side reached the Champions League final for a second consecutive season after a 4-3 aggregate win.

And Fabinho, who played a key role in subduing Messi, was full of praise for the Reds defence.

“The whole team defended, as I said, we left our life on the ground,” the 25-year-old told RMC Sport.

“I tried to do everything so that the ball does not reach him.”

The Brazil international believes Origi’s seventh-minute opener made the difference for Liverpool.

“We did not have a lot of time after a very difficult game in Newcastle but we are preparing a whole season to experience moments like that,” said Fabinho.

“After the first game, I told you that the result was not good but that our performance was.

“We tried to do the same thing, to press, to give everything but we scored quickly and that made the difference.

“We still had the strength to keep the ball in the end. After the match, with our fans, it was amazing.”

Either Tottenham or Ajax will be awaiting Liverpool in the Champions League final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.

For now, though, the Reds will return their focus back to the Premier League for their season finale against Wolves on Sunday.

To stand any chance of claiming the league title, Liverpool will need to claim victory and hope City fail to beat Brighton on the same day.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Lionel Messi of Barcelona battles for possession with Fabinho of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)