Steve McManaman claimed that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson refused to obey Jurgen Klopp’s orders during their 3-0 loss to Barcelona on Wednesday night.
Two goals in the last fifteen minutes from Lionel Messi – including a wonderful free-kick – added to Luis Suarez’s opener to give the Catalan giants a huge lead to take to Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Roberto Firmino had a shot cleared off the line and Mohamed Salah hit the follow-up against the post as Liverpool’s quest for a much-needed away goal fell flat.
BT Sport co-commentator McManaman said: “Jurgen’s pointing at Alisson to get in the box as well, and Alisson just said no to him!
“Now he’s going. He’s been told no again. Salah said no to him this time.”
Liverpool failed to get the away goal and they now face a monumental task to turn things around in next week’s second leg at Anfield.
And Klopp said he was not surprised by Messi’s brilliance against his side but Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said he continued to be amazed.
“In these moments he is unstoppable. We couldn’t defend the free kick. What a strike!” Klopp said.
“I knew before that Lionel was a world-class player and now I saw it again I am not too surprised to be honest.”
Valverde, however, was full of praise for his talismanic forward.
“Messi always surprises you. I don’t know how he does it,” he said.
“He also does it in times when we need it. We also gained some breathing room with his runs to their penalty area when we needed it.”