Angry Lionel Messi squares up to Barcelona fans at Liverpool airport as sparks fly

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Barcelona suffered a 4-0 loss to the Reds at Anfield on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

The heavy defeat on Merseyside saw the Catalan club blow a three-goal advantage, the biggest in Champions League semi-final history.

Lionel Messi was furious with his team’s capitulation, so much so he stormed past the media in the mixed zone without saying a word.

And according to reports in Spain, Messi was so wound up he squared up to angry Barcelona fans at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.

Mundo Deportivo claim the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had to be restrained by security after taking exception to criticism from his normally adoring fans.

The incident is said to have taken place at midnight following his late arrival to the airport, the result of a random UEFA anti-doping test.

Messi is reported to have had another encounter with Barcelona fans before heading back to the Catalan capital, but those supporters applauded the 31-year-old.

Despite his best efforts, Messi was powerless to stop a rampant Liverpool from reaching their fourth Champions League final in 14 years.

Defeat at Anfield has ramped up the pressure on Barca chief Ernesto Valverde, who has seen his side fritter away healthy leads in the knockout stages two years on the bounce.

“It’s happened again. It happened last year,” Valverde said.

“It’s true that it has been different games, the first leg and second leg. They started really well and they pinned us back.

“After the early goal, we reacted well after that. We managed to control things a little bit in the second half of the first half. We had half chances to score.

“I think that we conceded two goals and then they really kind of got on top of us after those two quick concessions.

“We haven’t managed to get on the scoresheet tonight. They scored two in two and they kind of us rolled us over, really.

“They have been really strong, they played really well. We’ve got to congratulate them on the performance they put up in the tie as a whole.

“It is a terrible result for our fans and for ourselves. We didn’t expect a situation like this. This is what has happened to us. It is really, really unfortunate but credit is due to Liverpool.”

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