Liverpool’s inability to take their chances against Barcelona proved crucial in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Reds find themselves facing an uphill task to make their second consecutive final after losing 3-0 in Catalonia.

Lionel Messi scored twice after former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the first half.

Fine margains Liverpool need to improve on after Barcelona defeat

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While Messi’s first was a touch fortunate and his second a world-class free kick, he took his chances.

At the other end, Liverpool were left to rue good chances missed by James Milner, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.

An away goal would have massively changed the complexion of the tie and given Liverpool more hope heading into the second leg.

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However, as it stands, Liverpool need to score at least three goals without reply to force extra time.

It highlighted the importance of those chances that Liverpool missed, especially Salah’s effort that struck the post late on.

 

It’s uncharacteristic of this Liverpool side to miss so many clear-cut chances given how prolific they have been this season.

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Given the gravity of the tie as well, these opportunities have truly come back to haunt Liverpool.

This is especially poignant given that Barcelona were limited in clear cut chances, but still managed to score three times.

Perhaps this is an area in which Klopp’s side still need to develop – getting goals in crucial, high-stakes matches.

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Although they’ve been able to find a way to score past most Premier League sides, Barcelona are a different kettle of fish.

These missed opportunities will be punished against sides of such quality, and that proved true at the Nou Camp.

Will this lead Klopp to sign a more proven striker in the summer transfer window?

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