Jurgen Klopp admitted Lionel Messi was “unstoppable” on Wednesday after he led Barcelona to superlative last minutes performance over Liverpool in the semi-final Champions League match on Wednesday.
Luis Suarez scored in his first match against his former club before Messi hit a late double, the second a stunning free-kick for his 600th Barca goal, as his team took a 3-0 lead from a pulsating semi-final first leg ahead of next week’s second leg at Anfield.
“He’s unstoppable,” said Klopp afterwards. “Obviously we couldn’t defend the free-kick. What a strike. He’s a world-class player but I knew that already. It’s no surprise.”
As Messi’s curling shot rested in the top corner, a smile played on Klopp’s lips knowing fully that the effect of that harsh result on his side.
They matched Barcelona in the first half, dominated them early in the second and could still have left with an away goal after Messi’s brilliant brace, only for Mohamed Salah to hit the post.
“I said to the boys I was proud of how we played against a side like this,” Klopp said. “If you lose away it’s not a massive problem as long as you score a goal. That’s our problem tonight – it doesn’t make our life any easier.”