Liverpool pressed Barcelona high, was extremely high with the back line and also had a 62% ball possession after ten minutes of play. Something that is very rare when Barcelona play at home at Camp Nou. But it opened eventually, and at half time it was 51-49 in Barcelona's favor.
Fabinho, Naby Keita and later James Milner low tight on Lionel Messi to disturb and to minimize his range.
In the fourteenth minute, wanted Barcelona to have penalties, then innerbacken Joel Matip redirected away from the ball with the hand, which reprisbilder showed, when Messi was on the road around him inside the penalty area.
limped Keita, took to the groin after a duel with Ivan Rakitic. Jordan Henderson replaced, and James Milner moved to the left.
Henderson had only been inside four minutes, then found Barcelona the door on his edge out to the left, the door man repeatedly sought.
Jordi Alba played in perfectly in the box, Luis Suarez, who came in on the depth between Matip and Virgil van Dijk, and headed in 1-0 past Alisson. This was both of Liverpool's central defenders on their heels when Suarez came roaring.
incidentally, Suarez's first goal in the Champions League this season, and his second in the tournament in the last 20 matches.
with the high press in the second half, and had long periods more of the game. It's not often you see the visiting teams park in the offensive half of the field at the Nou Camp and beat ten passes in a row to find the door.
Closest approach was Mohamed Salah, who turned around and took a low, good finish after 54 minutes, which Barcamålvakten Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to stretch out properly, to direct to the corner. Even Milner had two good trades.
come to Barcelona in a counter. Suarez ran free to the left of the penalty area and lifted the ball into the crossbar. Messi was wit in the tank, and thus the first on the return, and could stroll into 2-0. Then remained a quarter of an hour.
Fabinho was often hard for Messi in närkamperna. And in the 83rd minute, he had earned a yellow card.
Messi took himself the free kick, from 25 yards, and accounted for one of the season's very best goals. A projectile that wriggled over the wall and up in the left cross.
Liverpool had minute after a golden opportunity to the reduction. A keyboard, which at first was cleared away on the goal line, then dotted Salah the post.
A series could give Liverpool some hope before the return. But with the 0-3 in the baggage is the hill steep.