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UCL: You won’t believe what happened to Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield

Barcelona’s team bus did not wait for Lionel Messi as it departed Anfield without the Argentine after the Champions League defeat to Liverpool. Messi suffered a miserable night for his club as Liverpool completed a stunning comeback to knock Barca out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Barcelona appeared to have a commanding advantage after securing a 3-0 win in the first leg at Camp Nou last week.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side put four past Barca without reply to book their place in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.

Messi, meanwhile, was required to undergo a doping test immediately after Barca’s crushing defeat at Anfield. And according to El Chiringuito, the process took so long that Barca’s team bus headed to the airport while Messi was still at Anfield. Messi was eventually able to provide a urine sample, while special arrangements were made to reunite the Argentine with the rest of the squad and coaching staff before they travelled back to Spain.

Messi also walked through the mixed zone at Anfield much later than the rest of Barca’s players but said nothing to the media as he was escorted out of the stadium. This time Lionel Messi didn’t appear, as he has done so frequently throughout this season. The No.10 was quiet and his statistics show how little he participated during the 4-0 loss to Liverpool. There were just 35 successful passes from the Argentine throughout this match, but six that didn’t find the target, and he was dispossessed on 17 occasions.

Only Jordi Alba, with 21, lost the ball more times for the Catalan side. There weren’t even that many fouls won by Messi as there was precisely one that he earned during the match. He was, though, the Barcelona player who took the most shots as he had two on target and two off target. Not since he did so against Real Madrid in 2010/11 has he scored an away goal in a Champions League semi-final. It just wasn’t his night, as was the case for too many of the Blaugrana players.

Meanwhile, Sergio Busquets has apologised after Barcelona’s humiliating exit: “They have been better than us. I apologise,’ said the midfielder. “After what happened in Rome, this happened again. It’s tough to go out like this after the first-leg result. “Liverpool have been smarter than us, they were faster. I think we had chances to score the goal we needed, but it wasn’t meant to be today.”

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