We’ll tell you all about how Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is the only high profile English victim Lionel Messi still needs to devour with his goals.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC is the only Top Six Premier League club that hasn’t suffered Lionel Messi in Champions League history.
The FC Barcelona player has only faced the Reds three times during his career and he’s never been able to score against them.
The most recent one happened during an International Champions Cup in the month of August at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Lionel Messi played 75 minutes of that Reds’ 4-0 victory and wasn’t able to score a single goal against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The least recent time that the Argentine player faced the Reds was way back in 2007 when he was still a teenager.
The Catalan club was fresh our of winning the 2005-06 Champions League under Frank Rijkaard.
A young Messi started suffering muscular injuries that prevented him from playing at his best level of performance against Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool.
The Argentine played the full 180 minutes against the English club and he wasn’t able to help his squad with any goals.
The only Barcelona player who scored in that series was Portuguese Deco with a goal scored at Camp Nou.
Liverpool won both matches with extreme dominance against the Catalan club that got eliminated in the Round of 16.
— ஸ்ரீராம்🃏 (@srizz22) April 16, 2019
Messi’s record against the Top Six
Lionel Messi has been absolutely outstanding against the rest of the English squads in the Champions League throughout his career.
The Argentine player has already faced all the Top Six squads from the Premier League in the continental competition.
Arsenal is the Argentine’s favorite victim in the tournament’s history throughout the six times he has played against them.
Lionel Messi has already scored 9 goals and provided one assist against the Gunners in all three knock-out stages he’s faced them.
It’s hard to forget those four goals in a single match that he scored against them in the 2009-10 competition.
Checking on WhoScored, we have Manchester City next in line against the FC Barcelona captain.
Leo has played against the Citizens a total of 6 matches, he scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists.
Chelsea FC is the squad against which Messi has played the most matches with 10, but he only scored three goals and provided 2 assists to his teammates.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most recent victims as well.
The Argentina international met the Spurs during the Champions League group stage this season and scored twice against them in a memorable night at Wembley Stadium.
9 against Arsenal.
6 against Man City.
4 against Man Utd.
3 against Chelsea.
2 against Tottenham.
Messi has now scored 2⃣4⃣ goals against English clubs. 👽 pic.twitter.com/3VpxFsoFyN
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) April 16, 2019
The Red Devils and the Liverpool challenge
Up next we have last night’s victim, Manchester United. The Red Devils have suffered Messi in two knock-out stages and two Champions League finals.
Leo only didn’t score against them in the 2007-08 season when Manchester United won the competition after leaving the Catalan club on the road during the semifinals.
During that semifinal, a Paul Scholes solo goal gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad the series with Messi recently recovered from a hamstring injury.
But the Argentine has been absolutely unplayable against the Red Devils in the other occasions he played against them.
The first bitter memory they have was in Rome back in 2009 when Leo scored that historic header in the final.
The Barcelona skipper scored another one at Wembley in another final two years later, and then we have what happened last night.
We believe that Liverpool should be FC Barcelona’s opponent in the semifinals if everything goes well later today.
Leo will get another chance to play against the Reds and possibly score against the last of the pending victims from the Premier League’s Top Six.
Messi is the only player in history who has scored an incredible 24 goals against English clubs in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi has scored more Champions League goals against English clubs than any other player in #UCL history:
9 vs. Arsenal
6 vs. Man City
4 vs. Man Utd
3 vs. Chelsea
2 vs. Spurs
Just waiting to add Liverpool now… pic.twitter.com/8EqgWgb1Hk
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 16, 2019
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