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Thursday, 2 May 2019

I'm not in Spain and facing him every season' Virgil van Dijk On Messi's Performance

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Lionel Messi has shown another masterclass display against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final first leg tie, with the Reds unable to contain his threat.
Virgil van Dijk said, “grateful” he does not have to face Lionel Messi every season, with the Barcelona superstar having put on another Champions League masterclass against Liverpool.
The Reds headed to Camp Nou for the first leg of a semi-final showdown aware of what they were up against.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner always threatened to be a serious thorn in their side, even with claims that Jurgen Klopp should have no specific plans for him taken into account.
Liverpool had hoped to offer an attacking threat of their own in Catalunya but found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline that leaves their European dream in tatters.
The familiar face of Luis Suarez inflicted the first blow on the Reds in Barcelona, before the mercurial Messi got in on the act with a late brace which included a stunning 30-yard free-kick.
Van Dijk, who has been recognized as the finest performer in the Premier League this season with the PFA Player of the Year award, was unable to contain the Argentine forward and keep him out.
The Dutchman is glad such tests are a rare occurrence for him, with the Netherlands international telling reporters afterward: “When you come up against Messi and he produces his best form you can't do anything.
“I'm grateful that I'm not in Spain and I don't have to face him every season.
“He scored two goals and I leave very disappointedly. He won the battle but not the war.”
Van Dijk believes that Liverpool can still complete a remarkable Champions League turnaround on home soil.
They have it all to do heading into a return date at Anfield on May 7, but nobody on Merseyside is throwing in the towel just yet.
“Anything is possible in football. We definitely believe. That's how we are,” Van Dijk told DAZN.
“We will never give up and we showed today that we can definitely create big chances against them, the only thing is we have to try and score them.”
Ahead of the return leg against Barcelona, Liverpool has a trip to Newcastle to take in on Saturday which will see them once again taking aim at the top spot in the Premier League table.
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