Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up on the remarkable free-kick Lionel Messi scored that potentially ended their UEFA Champions League dream.
Despite keeping him quiet for the majority of the game at Camp Nou, Messi scored a seven-minute brace after Luis Suarez's opener on Wednesday to reach 600 goals for the club, who took a big step towards reaching the Champions League final.
Messi's first was a routine tap-in but the second was a delicious whipped free-kick from distance that even left Klopp with a grin on his face.
"In these moments he is unstoppable," Klopp said after the game, as quoted by the Guardian. "We couldn't defend the free kick. What a strike.
"The second goal was probably not the nicest in the career of Lionel Messi but it shows his skills that he is even there in that moment.
"Apart from that I was happy in how we defended the whole Barcelona team. I am a big admirer of them, as is everybody, but my boys didn't show too much respect, they were there every time.
"We played football and I liked that. I knew before that Lionel was a world‑class player and now I saw it again I am not too surprised."
Messi has now scored 48 goals and registered 22 assists in 46 games across all competitions.