Lionel Messi endured one of his worst nights in football at Anfield on Tuesday.
The Argentine forward, who made it his mission at the start of the season to help Barcelona win the Champions League for the first time since 2015, watched on helplessly as Liverpool completed a stunning second-leg turnaround.
Barcelona were 3-0 up from last week’s first leg but capitulated at Anfield, conceding four goals and spurning a glorious opportunity to reach next month’s final in Madrid.
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s goals as Jurgen Klopp’s side set up an all-English Champions League final against Tottenham.
Messi was Barça’s standout performer but that’s not saying much. Unlike the first leg, this was far from a vintage performance from arguably the greatest footballer of all time.
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He will have left Anfield feeling that he could - and should - have scored at least one of his chances to put the tie beyond Liverpool’s reach.
But the prolific forward, who is usually so reliable in front of goal, had a rare off-night at Anfield.
His night didn’t start well.
After being dispossessed, Andy Robertson attempted to rough up Barça’s revered No. 10 by pushing his head down.
It was an unnecessary and stupid move from the Liverpool left-back, who would have been punished had the match officials spotted it.
Messi, unsurprisingly, was angered by the Scotland international’s sly behaviour.
New footage has now emerged which shows Messi approaching Robertson later in the match during a Liverpool corner.
Watch it here...
The Argentine approached Robertson as if to say ‘why did you do that to me?’
Presumably because of the language barrier - and perhaps wanting to get his own back a bit - Messi then acted out what he was talking about by pushing Robertson’s head in a similarly aggressive manner.
This situation was in danger of escalating between the two players, but Jordan Henderson had spotted it brewing from a distance.
The Liverpool captain ran over and broke it up, pushing Messi away.
It seems nobody can have a go at Robertson in Hendo’s eyes - not even the GOAT.News Now - Sport News