Here are the newspaper headlines from the top three sporting newspapers in Spain following Barcelona’s shock exit from the Champions League after a 4-0 loss at Anfield.
It’s always interesting to see what the foreign media think of our players. We showed you what French paper L’Equipe thought of the Reds’ performance against Barcelona, and here are some ratings from another well known continental newspaper- Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Like L’Equipe, Gazzetta has Lionel Messi as Barca’s best player (6/10), but somewhat surprisingly, gives Coutinho a 5/10. The 5/10 is on par with what Arturo Vidal got, and many would agree that the Chilean had greater influence on the game than Phil.
L’Equipe’s player ratings tend to be notoriously harsh, and they came down heavily on some of Barcelona’s players after the Catalan giants lost 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield last night.
The worst Barcelona players on the evening, according to L’Equipe were Luis Suarez (a former Liverpool player himself) and left back Jordi Alba, both of whom got a 2/10. A similar rating was given to Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who was soundly criticised for his tactics after the game.
Lionel Messi (6) and Arturo Vidal (5) were the only outfield players to emerge with any credit for the Blaugrana.
Lionel Messi scores his 600th goal for Barca
The Blaugrana’s third and final goal on the evening- a sumptuous free kick from Lionel Messi, was also the Argentine’s 600th for his club
Liverpool’s fourth Champions League defeat this season
Following away losses at Napoli, PSG and Red Star in the group stages, this loss at the Nou Camp was Liverpool’s fourth in the competition. They’ve only lost three in all other competitions put together (Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup)
LFC’s joint heaviest Champions League defeat
The 3-0 was Liverpool’s joint heaviest CL defeat- the other 3-0 was also inflicted by Spanish opposition in the form of Real Madrid.
Liverpool’s European hopes were left hanging by a thread after they suffered a 3-0 loss in the first leg of their UCL semifinal against Barcelona. Former Reds striker Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the Catalans, before a second half double from the talismanic Lionel Messi, which saw the Argentine reach the 600 goal landmark for Barca, saw the Blaugrana prevail 3-0.
Despite the scoreline being in favour of Barcelona, the match didn’t entirely go their way. That’s reflected in the player ratings for this game- Barca average 5.8, while Liverpool got a 5.2. Gini Wijnaldum had one of his poorest days this season, and that’s reflected in his 3/10 rating- the lowest for a player across both sides
Liverpool star Mo Salah has been featured on the cover of the prestigious Time Magazine, which has named the Egyptian striker as one of the 100 most influential people.
The only other footballer on the list is US women’s star Alex Morgan, while other sports persons on the list include LeBron James, Naomi Osaka, Tiger, Woods and Caster Semenya.
The news comes just days after the Egyptian scored a wonder goal to help Liverpool beat Chelsea in the Premier League- a key victory in the club’s quest to register their maiden Premier League title.
The foreword/author tribute to him for this list has been written by John Oliver Continue reading