Lionel Messi said to ‘show some respect to Liverpool’ by referee in new footage of Champions League fixture


New footage from a UEFA documentary has revealed when Lionel Messi was asked to ‘show some respect to Liverpool’ by the referee in the first leg of the spectacular Champions League semi-final 2019.

Liverpool managed one of the biggest comebacks in football history, beating Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield in the second leg to reverse a 3-0 deficit in the opening meeting at Camp Nou.

And while Barca captain Messi couldn’t inspire his side to score a goal for Liverpool that would have secured their passage to the final, the striker was the peerless player in the first leg.

Messi scored a rebound and a superb free-kick after the opener from former Reds striker Luis Suarez, which led fans and pundits around the world to once again marvel at the little Argentine’s skills.

But a slightly less impressed observer was go referee Bjorn Kuipers.

New footage shows the Dutch official berating Messi at Camp Nou for the Argentina captain’s time-wasting tactics in the 3-0 win.

“Messi! Why? Let’s go! Kuipers yells at the forward after seeing him wander the pitch, not for the first time, before a free kick.

“Show them respect! Go!

“Every time you do it. Come on, why are you doing this? Go now!

Barcelona could have been content to watch the clock run out in the second leg, given their comfortable lead, had it not been for Divock Origi’s opener at seven minutes away at Anfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum doubled Liverpool’s lead on the night in the 54th minute before adding his second goal and the Reds’ third two minutes later.

Origi struck again with just over 10 minutes remaining, sealing an aggregate 4-3 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who went on to beat compatriot Tottenham in the final in Madrid.


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