Champions League: Magical Messi Humiliates Liverpool As Barcelona Takes Charge
Champions League: Check Out Barcelona vs Liverpool Players’ Ratings

Barcelona defeated Liverpool 3-0  as Luis Suarez opened the scoring before Lionel Messi netted two more late on to leave the hosts on the brink of another Champions League final.

Concise News brings to you how each player was rated during the cause of the match.

Advertise With Us

BARCELONA

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen – 8
The German was called into action early on in the second as he tipped away James Milner’s curling effort before getting a palm to Mohamed Salah’s low strike. Three more saves ensured Liverpool would not leave the Nou Camp with an away goal.

Sergi Roberto – 6

Roberto seemed troubled by the pace of Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane with Ernesto Valverde eventually opting to move him further forwards after introducing Semedo in the second half.

Gerard Pique – 7
Pique was at the heart of Barcelona’s defensive efforts and was on hand to make eight clearances, three tackles and two interceptions.

Clement Lenglet – 7
The Frenchman made 12 clearances as Barcelona and picked up a booking but justified his selection ahead of Samuel Umtiti.

Jordi Alba – 8
The Barcelona left-back provided a delightful assist for Suarez’s goal, and looked a danger all night, making three key passes overall.

Ivan Rakitic – 7
An impressive showing from the Croatian, who was the most potent attacking threat out of Barcelona’s midfield three.

Sergio Busquets – 8
Busquets was the pick of the midfielders at the Nou Camp, retrieving possession, starting attacks and enjoying more touches and passes.

Arturo Vidal – 6
Arturo Vidal was brought in to beef up Barcelona’s midfield, but the Chilean endured a difficult night.

Lionel Messi – 9
Looked in the mood from the get-go, at times dribbling past Liverpool players for fun, and as the visitors pressed in the second half, it was Lionel Messi who delivered the double blow, reacting quickest when Suarez’s effort hit the bar before scoring a vintage free-kick.

Luis Suarez – 9
The former Liverpool striker did not hesitate to celebrate when scoring Barcelona’s opening goal after 26 minutes, and it is difficult to blame the Uruguayan, who finally scored his first Champions League goal of the season at the 36th attempt.

Philippe Coutinho – 6
Forced Alisson into making his first save after 15 minutes, and looked eager to make a point early on against his old club after getting the nod ahead of Ousmane Dembele. However, his number was up 15 minutes into the second half as Barcelona changed to four in midfield.

Nelson Semedo – 6
Replaced Coutinho as Barcelona reverted to a more defensive-minded setup.

LIVERPOOL

Alisson – 6
He could not prevent Mess’s free-kick as he gave the Argentine his second goal of the evening.

Joe Gomez – 6
He tucked in much tighter to his centre-backs than Trent Alexander-Arnold would have done.

Fabinho – 6
He got the tackle in on Messi in the build-up to the second goal but saw Barcelona get the run of the ball then conceded the free-kick that was to make it 3-0.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6
Georginio Wijnaldum had fewer touches than both Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita in the first half despite spending much more time out than either of them. Did a lot of work away from the ball, including a nice dummy to set up James Milner.

James Milner – 6
He put a vital challenge in on Messi on the edge of his own box and looked determined to stop Barcelona’s star man by fair means or foul. Tested the goalkeeper in the second half but should have done better.

Naby Keita – 6
Keita’s selection was a matter of much intrigue beforehand but he did not have too much time to make a difference in the Camp Nou, going off injured after 20 minutes of the game.

Mohamed Salah – 7
Salah really troubled the Barcelona defence and getting Lenglet booked inside the first half. Forced a good save from Ter Stegen early in the second too but the big moment was his missed chance late on when he could only hit the post.

Sadio Mane – 7
He was Liverpool’s biggest threat for much of the game. He should have done better than loft a chance over the bar with 10 minutes of the first half remaining though.

Jordan Henderson – 7
He was left out of the starting line-up but didn’t have to wait long to get involved and produced one wonderful pass to put Mane through.