Barcelona’s team bus did not wait for Lionel Messi as it departed Anfield without the Argentine after the Champions League defeat to Liverpool. Messi suffered a miserable night for his club as Liverpool completed a stunning comeback to knock Barca out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, Metro.co.uk says in a report.
Barcelona appeared to have a commanding advantage after securing a 3-0 win in the first leg at Camp Nou last week. But Jurgen Klopp’s side put four past Barca without reply to book their place in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.
Luis Suarez was public enemy number one as Liverpool completed arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history against Barcelona.
The 32-year-old striker, who spent three-and-a-half seasons as a player on Merseyside, upset Liverpool fans with his conduct across the tie as he celebrated scoring in the first leg at the Nou Camp and injured Andrew Robertson in Tuesday night’s second leg.
Liverpool supporters were even chanting ‘f*** off, Suarez’ and ‘cheat’ at the Uruguayan at Anfield after he flopped to the ground after minimal contact from Van Dijk midway through the first half.
However, after a pair of braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the most memorable of wins for Liverpool, Suarez showed another side to his character.
According to beIN SPORTS reporter Matt Critchley, Suarez took the time to congratulate his former Liverpool colleagues long after the final whistle in the tunnel.
The Reds’ stunning 4-3 aggregate victory sets up a final against either Ajax or Tottenham at Atletico Madrid’s 63,500 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.
Messi, meanwhile, was required to undergo a doping test immediately after Barca’s crushing defeat at Anfield.
And according to El Chiringuito, the process took so long that Barca’s team bus headed to the airport while Messi was still at Anfield. Messi was eventually able to provide a urine sample, while special arrangements were made to reunite the Argentine with the rest of the squad and coaching staff before they travelled back to Spain.