Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool
Barcelona swept aside Liverpool at the Camp Nou with an emphatic 3-0 win in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou on Wedneday night.
Luis Suárez opened the scoring in the 26th minute before Lionel Messi scored a brace in the final quarter-of-an-hour, the second being a sublime free kick that gave Alisson no chance in the Liverpool goal.
The English Premier League side created a number of chances throughout the game but failed to score a vital away goal that may have given them a chance in the return leg next week.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool:
Alisson 5 – The Brazilian goalkeeper had little chance with either goal – Suárez poked home from close range, Messi’s first was on a rebound and the second was an unstoppable free kick.
Joe Gomez 5 – The youngster made his first start in five months and Barcelona’s opener did come from a cross down his side. Joe Gomez had a decent game when up against Philippe Coutinho but didn’t offer the attacking threat that Trent Alexander-Arnold does.
Joël Matip 8 – A very good performance from the Cameroonian who made a number of challenges and interceptions in and around his penalty area to prevent Barcelona adding more goals to their tally.
Virgil van Dijk 4 – He may be the best in the Premier League but Virgil van Dijk looked very poor up against Lionel Messi and co. In fact, the Dutch international stood still for the opening two goals despite being in a position to stop both.
Andrew Robertson 6 – Offered width and creativity down the left wing. Not at fault for any of the goals.
Fabinho 6 – Liverpool saw a lot more possession than many would have expected. Fabinho did his best to prevent Barcelona creating much down the middle and was harshly dememed to have fouled Messi in the lead up to the third goal.
James Milner 5 – Missed two excellent opportunities by firing tamely at Marc-André ter Stegen when in a good position.
Naby Keïta N/A – Left the field midway through the first half with an injury.
Georginio Wijnaldum 5 – A surprise starter in the number 10 position but it didn’t prove fruitfull for Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah 5 – Saw one effort headed for the far corner saved and missed a sitter late on. Offered to threaten the Barcelona defence but never delivered.
Sadio Mané 6 – His pace caused Sergi Roberto problems at times but missed an excellent opportunity in the first half and didn’t get close to scoring in the end.
Jordan Henderson (67 mins) 5 – Was 0-0 at the time of his departure, Jordan Henderson offered nothing going forward and didn’t do the best of jobs defensively either.
Roberto Firmino (13 mins) N/A – The timing of his substitution suggests he wasn’t fully fit. Too little time for Roberto Firmino to make an impact.
Divock Origi (7 mins) N/A – Thrown on with Liverpool desperate for an away goal but barely got a touch of the ball let-alone a chance on goal.
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