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Gerard Pique and Barcelona still feeling effects of 'nightmare' defeat at Anfield

El Pais report that Gerard Pique says Barcelona are still recovering from their 4-0 defeat in the Champions League semi-final.

Barcelona were 3-0 up from the first leg, but Liverpool produced an unbelievable comeback at Anfield to reach the final.

And Pique has admitted that the defeat is still having an effect on the Catalan side almost three weeks later.

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Pique told El Pais: “It has been hard to get up emotionally because the days passed and you did not forget the defeat, it is a fall that will last over time,”

“It was a nightmare and you have to assume it because it can happen again.

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“But we must understand why it happened and help us in the future.

“They pressed very high, very intense, Anfield also played his role, we were not able.

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“Sometimes happens. It was a very hard day.”

The long-lasting impact of Liverpool’s performance at Anfield shows just how powerful Klopp’s side are at home.

The legend and magic surrounding Anfield is well documented, but it often has to be seen to be believed.

Barcelona were witnesses to what was one of Anfield’s greatest ever nights, and it sent a message across Europe.

Liverpool are back at the pinnacle of European football after a hiatus of a few years.

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To be able to send shivers down the spines of Barcelona like this is a real statement from Klopp’s men.

Gone are the days when Liverpool could be seen as a soft-touch in Europe, nobody now wants to face us.

Should Liverpool add European cup number six to the trophy cabinet in June, that fear will only increase.

The prestige and history that Liverpool have with this competition will never leave, but now the fear factor is back.

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Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Napoli, PSG and the rest of Europe will be hoping to avoid Klopp’s men in the competition next year.

They will not want to be left feeling overwhelmed by Liverpool and Anfield as Pique still does.

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