Arsene Wenger reacts to Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona
Arsene Wenger says Liverpool collapsed within the final 15 mins in their 3-zero defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will want a minor miracle at Anfield subsequent week after a Lionel Messi brace and a Luis Suarez purpose noticed Barca take manage of the semi-final last tie.
Liverpool battled hard and wasted opportunities before Messi scored the first of his two goals in the 75th minute of the match.
8 minutes later, the Argentine ahead produced a stunning free-kick to overcome Alisson and make certain Barcelona have one foot inside the Champions League final.
Assessing the match for beIN sports activities, former Arsenal boss Wenger said: ‘It turned into tough for Liverpool tonight. ‘but, I must say, Barcelona suffered in the 2d half until they scored the second goal, then Liverpool collapsed.
There has been two crucial matters that came about tonight. First, when they suffered Ernesto Valverde made a great change.
‘He brought [Nelson] Semedo on and positioned [Sergi] Roberto in midfield… from that point on that seemed extra strong defensively.
Mr Messi came in and said: “let me finish the job”.
‘Liverpool had a late danger, they must have scored. They'll regret this risk but typical it is common element i have seen at Barcelona.
‘They may be higher than you in the final third. That makes the difference at the end of the day.’