Ernesto Valverde has broken his silence on Barcelona's infamous Champions League collapse at the hands of Liverpool last season, praising the Premier League dominance that has followed for the Anfield giants.
Divock Origi opened the scoring early on before a quickfire double from substitute Gini Wijnaldum remarkably levelled things up in the second half. With Barça disorientated on the ropes, Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking then found Origi free from a corner, and he swept in the unlikeliest of winners.
"These things happen. You always go on the side of the winner. In the away match against Liverpool, we suffered a lot but were able to win [at home] by three goals."
Valverde continued by discussing the complications of winning Europe's premier cup competition, also praising Liverpool's long unbeaten run in the Premier League which stretches back to January 2019.
"Champions League is very complicated to win, Europa League, World Cup, Euro Cup... They are all tournaments that depend on one match or one situation," he added.
"The league, however, is decided by what you do in the year. Liverpool is very important in the Premier League right now because they have not been beaten in a long time."
Source : 90min