Jurgen Klopp already looking forward to trying to stop Barcelona star Lionel Messi

The German coach admits ‘nobody’ has found a way to stop Messi yet (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp is relishing the prospect of finding a way to stop Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the Champions League semi-final – though his first priority is beating Cardiff at the weekend.

The Merseysiders romped past Porto in the second leg of their quarter-final tie, winning 4-1 on the night (6-1 on aggregate) with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk all scoring.

Next up they face a Barcelona sword who similarly put Manchester United to the sword at Camp Nou on Tuesday night, with Messi scoring his ninth and tenth goals of a prolific European campaign.

Liverpool eased past Porto but face a sterner test against Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

The Argentine is the top scorer in this season’s competition, while he has netted 33 times in La Liga, and Klopp admits it will be very difficult to stifle the Argentine.

‘Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight,’ joked the German when asked about the challenge of facing Messi.

‘And thank God I have a few more nights to think about it, because I think everybody tried it so far [stopping Messi] and nobody can do it.

‘We still will try it. We’re looking forward to it, but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona, so let’s first play these games and then prepare for Barcelona and then we will see.

Messi scored twice against United and set up their away goal at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

‘I’ve never played Barcelona in a proper game, so my first time there, I’m looking forward to it.’

Liverpool are now in the hunt for what would be a famous double, though face a testing away trip against a resurgent Cardiff City on Sunday and then host Huddersfield before travelling to Camp Nou.


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