With another brace to the history books, Lionel Messi gave FC Barcelona a massive Champions League advantage against Liverpool.
The Argentine player left many doubts in previous seasons with forgettable performances against Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and AS Roma in the last three years.
The Liverpool challenge appeared quite difficult for the captain because Jurgen Klopp’s side is currently having a historic season, the Reds are still fighting to win the Premier League against Manchester City.
That pressure the English club had was a major reason for concern, it could be detrimental to their aspirations for another Champions League final.
Everybody in England was dreading what Lionel Messi could do, they all knew that getting past him was incredibly difficult this season.
Initially, the Argentine struggled to din spaces in order to connect with his teammates up front.
Jurgen Klopp attempted to keep him away from their own area but that effort wasn’t bound to last for much longer, Leo didn’t make a huge difference during the first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo in club football:
🐐 Games: 801
⚽ Goals: 600
🎯 Assists 199
Lionel Messi in club football:
🐐 Games: 683
⚽ Goals: 600
🎯 Assists 233 pic.twitter.com/jox69k8G3F
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) May 1, 2019
Luis Suarez gets his goal against his former club.
Two former Liverpool players were on the pitch to play against the Reds: Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.
The Brazilian had a discrete performance against his former employers, but Luis Suarez was out for blood this evening.
The Uruguay international received an assist from Jordi Alba just minutes before the first half hour of the game and scored the first goal of the evening.
Virgil van Dijk wasn’t as great as everybody hyped him during the build-up of this match, the Dutch defender truly realized what it feels like to play against the best club in the world.
The movement Luis Suarez made when Alba sent his pass was faster than anything Virgil has experienced from any Premier League striker throughout the season, this is the reason Luisito plays in La Liga.
But Barcelona’s number ‘9’ wasn’t the standout performer of the night at Camp Nou, Lionel Messi was thirsty for goals.
The Argentine skipper picked the most difficult moment to appear in the match, it was right when Liverpool was playing better football during the second half.
Leo proved that he finally plays his leader role without the need of other players such as Xavi Hernandez or Andres Iniesta.
Frente al Camp Nou, su tempo, el templo. Que celebración. MESSI y nada más. pic.twitter.com/o6lF0ay0DN
— Barça. (@LeyendFCB) May 1, 2019
Leo reaches his 600th goal with Barcelona.
The second half brought us a Liverpool side that played a lot closer to the Barcelona box, Ter Stegen even had some crucial saves from Salah or Sadio Mane.
The Catalan club really struggled to play against Jurgen Klopp’s side, it was clear that Messi was the only player who could change the outcome of this match.
The Captain appeared in the most complicated moment for Barcelona and he did it to make history, Leo reached his 600th career-goal for the Catalan club.
The first one came with 15 minutes left on the clock, Leo took the ball all the way to the box and assisted Sergi Roberto through the middle.
The Catalan defender stumbled inside the box but the ball was clear for Luis Suarez to score the goal.
‘Lucho’ released a strike with his knee that hit the bar and Messi picked up the rebound to score the second goal for Barcelona.
That was Leo’s 599th goal with his club, but he left the round number for a beautiful moment.
The Argentine got a chance to take a free-kick with eight minutes left on the clock and his attempt transformed into a gorgeous goal that left Alisson flying in the air without success.
Messi leaves Liverpool against the ropes, we’ll have a return leg at Anfield but things don’t look good for the Reds.
— Fútbol en Movistar+ (@MovistarFutbol) May 1, 2019
What did you think about Lionel Messi’s performance against Liverpool? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.