It’s been an action-packed week of football in the Champions League. Following Tottenham’s narrow defeat to Ajax, Liverpool travelled to Barcelona to try and secure their own path to the final. Liverpool have never lost a two-legged tie against Barcelona in Europe and, with their domestic form so good, fans were in a bullish mood before the match.
One fan was left glowing about their brilliant season and had a clear idea about what was to come.
At the end of the day,
What a season Liverpool have had.
We are only going to get better.
Win the Champions League this year and then go and win the Premier League next year!
Up the reds! #LFC
— ScouserChris (@ScouserChris89_) 28 April 2019
Another pointed out Liverpool’s great record at the Nou Camp.
Liverpool have never lost to Barcelona at the Camp Nuo in the past, the best Barcelona have had was a draw
The last time Liverpool played Barcelona in Spain, Liverpool ran away with a 2:1 win
I see Liverpool vs Ajax in the final
— Abrahams Isaac A (@Sbdsng) 1 May 2019
However, unfortunately things didn’t go to plan. A masterclass from Lionel Messi was too much for the Reds who slumped to a 3-0 defeat.
Twitter was full of praise for the mercurial Argentinian. He was compared to another powerful figure.
— EX (@ExpressionsOOZ) 2 May 2019
Whilst even Liverpool fans were gushing about him.
— Diced Pineapple (@ThomasBlazin) 2 May 2019
Virgil van Dijk has handled every striker in the Premier League this season but confirmed that he wants as little of Messi as possible.
Van Dijk (Liverpool): “There is no answer to Messi. No one has one. I’m just glad I don’t play in Spain to face him every season.” pic.twitter.com/M8n35TKmU6?
— ANDY’s WORLD?? (@Andysgeneration) 2 May 2019
And his body language during one of Messi’s strikes confirmed as much.
Van Dijk went all the way to Camp Nou to get the best view of the Lionel Messi goal. ? pic.twitter.com/ae7gXVhG9V
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) 1 May 2019
Or was he just recreating a popular meme?
Van Dijk really pulled off this meme. You hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/ofx1V6Y86p
— juniuer (@juniuer) 1 May 2019
Van Dijk’s personal record at the Nou Camp was highlighted.
“Virgil Van Dijk is the best defender in the world they say, he’s been to the Nou Camp twice and conceded 9 goals” pic.twitter.com/PzgbFaE9tu
— Colossus Bets (@ColossusBets) 2 May 2019
Meanwhile a lookalike was spotted in the stands.
— The Mosigisian. ❁ (@mosigisis) 1 May 2019
Messi also scored a long range goal which was compared to a subsequent effort from Mo Salah.
Messi finds the top corner from here, only for Salah to find the post from here barely seconds afterwards ? pic.twitter.com/l3cRMcdk4x
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) 1 May 2019
Reds fans were unimpressed that former hero Luis Suarez celebrated his goal against them. Naturally this went down well elsewhere.
Liverpool and their fans fully supported Suarez when he allegedly racially abused Evra only for him to celebrate like crazy after scoring against them.
Unbelievable. ? pic.twitter.com/nEKCLhSZSX
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) 1 May 2019
Though it was also pointed out that they shouldn’t take it personally.
Liverpool fans are mad that Suarez celebrated a goal against them in the Champions League semifinals. Luis Suarez would celebrate a goal against his wife in a friendly match pic.twitter.com/LQXaRcimnW
— Messi World (@MessiWorId) 1 May 2019
Prior to the game some unpleasant fans had been pushing the locals into a fountain in town. Fans were quick to reference this in their gloating over the humbling.
Liverpool fans throw locals into fountains. Messi throws Liverpool out of the champions league. ???
— Anthoulla (@Anthoulla1) 1 May 2019
And this pun went down very well.
Liverpool have a fountain to climb to get back into this
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) 1 May 2019
Meanwhile, one Arsenal fan who was revelling in the defeats that their domestic rivals suffered, tempted fate with this Tweet.
• Tuesday: Ajax heroic away win against Tottenham. ❌❌❌
• Wednesday: Barcelona masterclass against Liverpool. ?
• Thursday: you know what to do @Arsenal to make my week perfect! ?
— King Laca (@Lacazest) 1 May 2019