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Lionel Messi signing a new contract at Barcelona could benefit Liverpool

Liverpool are going to have to do better next season. The lads got a pass this term because of the injury crisis but we’ll be expecting a fiercer title challenge next time out. We’ll need all the help we can get; Lionel Messi signing a new contract at Barcelona should benefit Liverpool.

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Ground to make up

This season saw Liverpool finish 17 points behind Manchester City.

The Reds had started the season brightly with wins over Chelsea, Leeds United and Arsenal.

However, the side’s title hopes took a huge dent when Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were ruled out for the season within weeks of each other.

Despite the challenges the lads were top at Christmas, however, their reign at the top was short lived.

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Fatigue caught up with the lads in January and a disastrous run of form saw the side fighting for a top four finish, miraculously they finished third.

Lionel Messi contract with Barcelona

Last season Lionel Messi declared he wanted to leave Barcelona.

The Argentine sent shockwaves throughout football with the decision.

As a result this season has been fraught with speculation surrounding his future.

In a turn of events, Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona according to AS in Spain.

Potential boost for Liverpool

Liverpool fans have reason to be relieved by Lionel Messi staying at Barcelona.

If he had left the Camp Nou then linking up with Pep Guardiola at Man City seemed to be an option.

Few clubs in the world could afford his wages and the ex-Barca coach would’ve been pushing for his signing.

Whether or not City said they would be pursuing a deal for him, if he was available it’s difficult to imagine them passing up the opportunity.

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