- Messi scored a brace against Liverpool to inspire Barcelona to a 3-0 win over the Reds
- The clash was the first leg between the two sides in their Champions League semifinal fixture
- Messi's outstanding performance in the match saw Klopp admit the Argentine is "unstoppable"
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has hailed Lionel Messi as "unstoppable" following the Argentine's magical performance that sunk the Reds in the first leg of their Champions League semi final clash.
Messi turned the game on its head after doubling Barcelona's lead in the second half, before putting the match beyond Liverpool with a breathtaking free-kick in the 83rd minute.
Klopp said admiringly: "In these moments he is unstoppable. We couldn’t defend the free kick. What a strike! He is a world class player."
‘We just played football and I like that. I knew before Lionel Messi was a world-class player and now I saw it again I’m not too surprised."
The German tactician went on to defend his wards' performance, decrying missed chances and concentration lapse that cost them dearly.
He added: "Apart from that, I was happy with how we handled the whole Barca team and Lionel involved. I’m a big admirer of him, how probably everybody is."
Meanwhile, Messi's brace brings his total tally to 600 club goals for the Catalans.
Liverpool will now be seeking to make amends during the second leg of the tie scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at Anfield for a chance to reach the competition's final.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lionel Messi, Barcelona star, inspired his side to a 3-0 win against Liverpool on Wednesday night, May 1, in a Champions League first leg semifinal clash.
The encounter at Camp Nou saw Messi netted a sensational 83rd minute free-kick that dampened Liverpool's hopes of booking a place in the finals.
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