BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona Conquered Liverpool in Camp Nou, #BARLIV

Six hundred times Lionel Messi has scored for Barcelona. And the glorious 600th was a dagger to the heart of Liverpool. The world’s greate...

Six hundred times Lionel Messi has scored for Barcelona. And the glorious 600th was a dagger to the heart of Liverpool.

The world’s greatest ever player is a man on a mission this season, promising to bring back the Champions League, and so he struck two of the goals that surely took this semi-final beyond Liverpool ahead of next week’s return leg at Anfield.

It seemed the story would be about Luis Suárez who had shown that relentlessness, that ruthlessness, against his former side to claim his first Champions League goal of the season.
But Messi does what Messi does and it was he who lit up this high-quality encounter with his own brutal genius. He was he who burnt Liverpool.

As he scored his second goal, a wonderful free-kick, Messi sat on the turf pumping his arms in celebration, milking the response of the fans and knowing how much that meant.

It was tough on Liverpool, so very tough. They played well before folding and missed big chances of their own and not least after falling to that third goal when Mohamed Salah struck a post.

Reducing the deficit then with a vital away goal could have made the world of difference. Instead the Champions League Final feels a world away in a season that could end so harshly for Liverpool.

It was frantic. It was fantastic. It was end-to-end and back again – and twice as quickly - with Messi setting off on run after mesmeric, panic-inducing run and Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané quickly countering for Liverpool. What a speed it was played at.

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