The FC Barcelona team bus was said to have left captain Lionel Messi at Anfield on Tuesday after his dream of winning a fifth UEFA Champions League title this season came to an abrupt end at the hands of Liverpool.
Why Barca left Messi at Anfield
Messi, 31, broke down in tears after the dramatic collapse against The Reds in which the home side overturned the three-goal deficit from the first-leg.
The Argentina international was reportedly inconsolable in the dressing room after the LaLiga champions were on the receiving end of an incredible comeback in Europe for the second consecutive season.
Last season in the quarter-finals Barça beat Roma 4-1 at home but collapsed in the away leg to lose 3-0 in Rome and go out by the virtue of the away goals rule.
Messi was then randomly selected for a drugs test by anti-doping officials and the team coach departed for Liverpool John Lennon Airport without him as a consequence.
Reports in the Spanish media have claimed that, on his eventual arrival at the airport, Messi was involved in an angry confrontation with a group of Barcelona supporters furious at their team’s latest collapse in the Champions League.
Long-term strike partner Luis Suárez apologised for the manner of the Blaugrana's exit and insisted they are ready to face the wrath of their supporters.
“We are very sad, hurt," he said, as per The Gaurdian. "We are human beings, we feel the pain, the frustration. It cannot be that in a minute we concede two goals.
"[For] the fourth goal we looked like youngsters. We have to understand all the criticism that is going to rain on us."