Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk sends subtle warning to Lionel Messi and Barcelona after Champions League defeat

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Virgil van Dijk has sent a subtle warning to Lionel Messi and Barcelona
Virgil van Dijk has despatched a subtle warning to Lionel Messi and Barcelona (Image: Getty)

Virgil van Dijk has issued a subtle warning to Lionel Messi and Barcelona after Liverpool’s defeat within the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie.

Barcelona ran out 3-Zero winners on the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening, with objectives from Messi and Luis Suarez placing the La Liga champions in management.

Liverpool produced a spirited efficiency however their arduous work was seemingly undone by Messi’s two second-half objectives.

Nevertheless, Van Dijk seems to have hope of a shocking comeback forward of subsequent week’s return leg at Anfield and says Messi ‘won the battle but not the war’.

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Talking to Spanish outlet Sport, the Netherlands defender stated: ‘When you come up against Messi and he produces his best form you can’t do something.

‘I’m grateful that I’m not in Spain and I don’t have to face him each season.

‘He scored two goals and I leave very disappointed. He won the battle but not the war.’

In a separate interview, Van Dijk added: ‘3-Zero sounds very unhealthy. It feels like we had a correct shocker, however we created massive probabilities towards them and ought to have scored at the very least one.

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Messi scored a brace in Barcelona's 3-0 first leg win
Messi scored a brace in Barcelona’s 3-Zero first leg win (Image: Getty)

‘Then it could be a completely completely different feeling to what we’ve got now, however we’ve got to take it how it’s.

‘I know it’s going to be very robust to come to Anfield. All of us have to imagine, I’ll positively imagine, so we’ll see.’

Regardless of trailing by three objectives forward of subsequent week’s return leg, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated he was ‘really proud’ of his staff’s efforts in Barcelona.

Requested what he instructed his gamers within the dressing room after the defeat, Klopp stated: ‘I stated I’m actually pleased with them, that I actually appreciated the sport.

‘They don’t have to take into consideration the subsequent sport towards Barcelona, now we play Newcastle. That’s all our focus.

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‘We go to the resort, have a correct sleep, rise up within the morning, fly residence and then put together for Newcastle.

‘Whatever happens, these boys, I couldn’t be extra pleased with them.’

On Saturday, Liverpool face a Newcastle United aspect unbeaten within the Premier League since April 6.

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