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Mr Messi destroyed Liverpool, Wenger reacts

Arsene Wenger says Liverpool collapsed in the final 15 minutes of their 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s side will need a minor miracle at Anfield next week after a Lionel Messi brace and a Luis Suarez goal saw Barca take control of the semi-final tie.

Liverpool battled hard and wasted opportunities before Messi scored the first of his two goals in the 75th minute of the match.

Eight minutes later, the Argentine forward produced a stunning free-kick to beat Alisson and ensure Barcelona have one foot in the Champions League final.

Assessing the match for beIN Sports, former Arsenal boss Wenger said: ‘It was hard for Liverpool tonight. ‘But, I must say, Barcelona suffered in the second half until they scored the second goal, then Liverpool collapsed. ‘There was two important things that happened tonight. First, when they suffered Ernesto Valverde made a good change. ‘He brought [Nelson] Semedo on and put [Sergi] Roberto in midfield… from that point on that looked more stable defensively.

‘The second part of it… something we have seen so many times, is Messi. Mr Messi came in and said: “Let me finish the job”.

‘Liverpool had a late chance, they should have scored. They will regret this chance but overall it is typical thing I have seen at Barcelona.

‘They are better than you in the final third, every pass is great. That makes the difference at the end of the day.’

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, heaped praise on Messi after the Argentine notched up his 600th Barcelona goal in the semi-final clash.

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