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Balotelli defends Messi and Ronaldo after UCL exits

09 May 2019

But against all odds, Liverpool staged a surprise comeback as they defeated Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to reach the final of the 2018/19 Champions League where they will face Ajax or Tottenham. Winning against Barcelona is obviously one of the most hard things in the world of football.

Liverpool's failure to secure an away goal at Camp Nou was a key factor in the difficulty of overturning their 3-0 deficit in the return meeting at Anfield.

"Those who have stayed have played the Messi way - always looking for Messi", said Quinn.

Interestingly, Messi netted a brace in the first leg of semi-finals, but was well checked by Liverpool defenders in the return leg.

"Once again we showed that everything is possible in football", said Wijnaldum.

Last season, the Catalan club took a 4-1 aggregate lead in the quarterfinals against AS Roma, but the Italian side won 3-0 in Rome to advance to the semifinals on away goals - they eventually lost to Liverpool in the semifinals.

The Reds won 4-0 at Anfield, with Divock Origi scoring the victor from Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick corner, to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit. Like the club's comback win over AC Milan in the final in 2005, this was a heavyweight match for the ages, one that Liverpool fans won't soon forget.

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"We have to be ready for all the criticism that is going to rain down on us now", Suarez said.

Barcelona's dreams of a treble are in tatters after their hopes of reaching the Champions League final went up in smoke once again after they were stunned 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.

"We had to score four goals and (were) not allowed to concede".

Philippe Coutinho, another former Liverpool player, was substituted for Nelson Semedo after an ineffective display and Barca quickly improved, exerting more control.

Origi struck in the seventh minute, before strikes two minutes apart in the second half from Wijnaldum (54', 56'), who came on at half-time after an injury to Andy Robertson.

Liverpool FC were without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the second leg, which only made the home side's task even harder against their fellow five-time winners.

Balotelli defends Messi and Ronaldo after UCL exits