It really is Lionels world now: Messi has remade football in his own image | Barney Ronay

From Under-9s in parks to Pep Guardiolas champions no one person has had such a vast impact on a major sports footprint as Barcelonas superstar Lionel Messi There was some consolation this week for anyone feeling a little maxed-out by the relentless individual brilliance of Lionel Messi. We have at least found something he isnt good at on a football pitch. It turns out Messi isnt very good at punching Fabinho in the head. Frankly, more of the same from Messi against Liverpool. Unclosing like a hand, he gives forever. I make no apology for writing about him again here. Firstly, because Messis talent is endlessly divisible. You never get to the bottom of it. It is always surprising. And …

Klopp took a risk with his tactics at Barcelona and Messi made him pay | Jonathan Wilson

Attacking Barcelona is not wrong given it can unsettle them but it leaves teams exposed and Liverpool found that can be fatal Contemplating his sides Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City last season, Jrgen Klopp said that to sit back and look to absorb pressure against such a side was in effect to try to win the lottery. Against the very best, he believes there is no point at least for a team of Liverpools ability in curling up like a hedgehog and hoping the threat somehow goes away. He vowed to attack, and did, and his reward was three goals in an extraordinary 20-minute spell that on Wednesday, there was some concession to the fact they were playing Barcelona. …