Messi laments Barca loss to Liverpool

'What happened was inexcusable' - Lionel Messi still hurting after Champions League collapse at Anfield

The Catalans demand the Champions League and after two identical collapses in consecutive years, followed up by this capitulation against Valencia - with the exception of the battling Messi, who fought until the end - what Valverde is producing is not good enough.

Barcelona must apologise for its "lamentable" Champions League semifinal exit at the hands of Liverpool earlier this month, according to Lionel Messi. Messi is stil focussed on Barcelona and even if he has to wait another year to win the Champions League again, his passion for the shirt remains intact. The forward made his first real contribution of the final, bursting into Los Ches' penalty area and hitting a low drive that ended up going out for a corner following a desperate block from Gabriel Paulista. "We are all disappointed and very much, but it's not my turn to say [whether or not there will be changes]".

"I haven't watched the game again, it was very similar to Roma where we went into the game and suddenly they scored".

"I have had problems with the national team and I still want to keep trying to win something there".

In his first Barca news conference for four years, the Argentina great said on Friday: "We are still recovering from what happened in Liverpool. Nothing makes me think about not competing here".

As insane as it seems to sack a coach who has won two league titles in two seasons, the question remains - is he good enough for Barcelona? Clement Lenglet was caught napping by Kevin Gameiro before the latter played in his strike partner, who left Jasper Cillessen for dead and only had the goal at his mercy but for a goal-line block by Gerard Pique.

Messi added: "I would like Valverde to continue". The fact that we have had disappointments does not change anything.

"They are two different things".

Barca had won the first leg 3-0, but capitulated in the second leg of the semi-final as they lost 4-0 at Merseyside to lose the tie to the Premier League club 4-3 on aggregate. Malcom left Gaya for dead before bursting clear and playing a pinpoint pass towards the centre-back only for his first-time effort to go just wide of Domenech's left post.

Two goals each from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum were all Jurgen Klopp's men needed to secure their second UCL final on a row.

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