Former Liverpool defenders Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise have revealed how the Reds could keep Barcelona's Lionel Messi quiet ahead of Liverpool's Champions League semi final tie.
Jurgen Klopp's men travel to the Camp Nou for the first leg of the clash on Wednesday, before welcoming the Catalans to Anfield the following Tuesday. The Argentine superstar is enjoying another remarkable goalscoring season at
Messi was centre stage in the last round of Champions League fixtures, hitting a brace as his side dismissed Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate. The 31-year-old has been untouchable in recent times, with many wondering whether Liverpool are capable of stopping him.
Riise and Carragher both featured the last time Messi played against the Merseysiders in an official match, a last-16 match-up in 2007 that the Premier League team won on away goals. The Barcelona forward was a ghost in both legs, struggling to leave any lasting impact on proceedings.
Alvaro Arbeloa was given the task of marking Messi that night, with Carragher speaking to Goal about why the full-back had such success against the then-teenager:
The strategy worked wonderfully for Benitez, with Riise operating at left-wing during the clash. He stated: "He
Source : 90min