Klopp praises 'outstanding' Messi, Valverde says tie not over yet

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Published on May 2, 2019 - Duration: 00:51s

Klopp praises 'outstanding' Messi, Valverde says tie not over yet

Liverpool manager praised Lionel Messi after the Barcelona forward produced a sensational display to help his side beat the English team, while Barca coach Ernesto Valverde says the tie isn't over yet.

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Klopp praises 'outstanding' Messi, Valverde says tie not over yet

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (MAY 1, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL FC COACH, JURGEN KLOPP, SAYING ABOUT PERFORMANCE OF LIONEL MESSI: "In these moments he's unstoppable, we couldn't defend the free kick.

What a strike!

He's a world class player, outstanding, his second goal was probably not the nicest, the 2-0 was not the nicest goal in the career of Lionel Messi but it shows his skills, it hits the crossbar and he is there in that moment.

But apart from that I was happy with how we defended the whole Barca team and Lionel involved.

I'm a big admirer of him." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "We don't forget and our experience tells us that we can't afford to feel extra confident.

The tie is still open, we haven't got through yet and still have a lot to suffer there (Anfield)." STORY: After Barcelona produced a late blitz to pull off a stunning 3-0 win over Liverpool in their Champions League semi-final first leg, coach Ernesto Valverde said his side's place in the competition's final was far from assured.

A goal from Luis Suarez and two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi, the latter the Argentine's 600th goal for Barca, gave the Catalans a dream victory in front of 98,000 fans at a raucous Nou Camp despite an admirable display from Liverpool.

But after Wednesday's game (May 1) Valverde pointed to his team's sensational exit from last year's competition to AS Roma after a 4-1 cushion from the first leg and said they would be taking nothing for granted in Tuesday's return game at Anfield.

"We won't go there with precautions but experience must count for something," said Valverde, whose side exited last year's competition after losing 3-0 at Roma.

Liverpool had scored seven goals in their last two Champions League away games against Bayern Munich and Porto and despite falling behind to a strike from their former forward Suarez, they showed huge ambition in attack.

Liverpool manager, Juergen Klopp, was pleased with his side's performance despite the loss, and was also full of praise for the 'outstanding' Messi, calling the Argentinian's free-kick 'unstoppable'.

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