Virgil van Dijk subtly warned Lionel Messi and Barcelona after Liverpool’s loss in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Barcelona won 3-0 at Nou Camp on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Messi and Luis Suarez who put the La Liga champions under control. Liverpool produced a rousing performance, but their hard work was apparently cancelled by Messi’s two goals in the second half. However, Van Dijk seems to be hoping for an impressive comeback before the return leg at Anfield next week and says Messi “won the battle but not the war”.
Speaking in front of the Spanish Sports outlet, the Dutch defender said: “When you meet Messi and he produces his best form, you can do nothing.” I am grateful not to be in Spain and not be confronted with him every season. “He scored two goals and I’m very disappointed, he won the battle but not the war.” In another interview, Van Dijk added: “3-0, it sounds very bad, but we created great odds against them and should have scored at least one.
“So it would be a totally different feeling from what we have now, but we have to take it as it is.” “I know it will be very difficult to come to Anfield, we must all believe, I will certainly, we will see. Despite three goals behind the second leg, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was “really proud” of his team’s efforts in Barcelona, questioning what he had said to his players in the tournament. Cloakroom after the defeat, Klopp replied, “I said I’m really proud of them, that I really liked the game.
“They do not have to think about the next game against Barcelona, we’re playing in Newcastle now, that’s our goal.” “We’re going to the hotel, we’re sleeping well, we get up in the morning, take a flight for us, go home, and then we get ready for Newcastle.”Whatever happens, these boys, I cannot be more proud.” On Saturday, Liverpool will face an undefeated Newcastle United team in the Premier League since April 6.
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