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Shearer says: “We are very lucky to witness Messi’s genius”

| 02.05.2019
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Coral ambassador shares his thoughts on the Champions League semi-finals

Although Liverpool were beaten 3-0 last night at the Nou Camp, they will be ruing the chances they missed to get an away goal. Ultimately, that was the difference between the two teams.

It’s going to be very difficult for Liverpool to turn it around at Anfield. To stop Barcelona from scoring, which is probably what they will need to do at the very least, is almost impossible. If they had an away goal it would be such a different story.

When you look at the chances Liverpool had on the night; Salah missed an open goal, Mane squandered a sitter in the first-half and James Milner had a couple of good opportunities.

Ter Stegen was very good between the goal for Barca but it just wasn’t to be for the likes of Salah and Mane who have been so clinical in the Premier League this season.

The free-kick from Messi for the third goal was just so special. We shouldn’t be too surprised as we know how good he is. He has scored 600 goals for Barcelona and there will be many more.

There is no doubt in my mind that he is the best ever. He is a genius and we are very lucky to witness it.

Liverpool are now looking to become only the third team in the history of the Champions League/European Cup to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and then progress.

Spurs are not out of it against Ajax

On Tuesday night Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Ajax. I felt as though Tottenham were very confused with their system in the early stages of the game and they couldn’t get anywhere near Ajax. Once they changed the system, it was slightly different.

The result was right on the night. Spurs are not out of this tie by any means. They will have Son back for the second leg which is obviously going to be a huge boost but it is going to be very difficult to overturn the scoreline against a very good Ajax side.

Ajax will fancy their chances of winning this competition. Look at the teams they have faced already. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus and now Spurs. They have taken it to all of those teams.

I am sure there are going to be lots of clubs trying to sign some of Ajax’s stars this summer. That is their system and they have done it for years. Frenkie de Jong has already been snapped up by Barcelona and he won’t be the only one to go for big money when the transfer window opens.

Rafa’s Newcastle will be a big test for Liverpool

It’s the penultimate set of fixtures in the Premier League this weekend and Liverpool will have to bounce back from their disappointment in Barcelona as it still could be an outstanding season for them if they win the Premier League. They have to go to Newcastle and that is not going to be an easy game.

I am not buying into all this talk of Rafa wanting to do Liverpool a favour. Trust me, he will be desperate to win this game. He has a great affinity to Liverpool but he will not want Jurgen Klopp to win the Premier League title because of winning the game at Newcastle. He will be doing everything he can to stop Liverpool.

It will be over to Manchester City on Monday night at home to Leicester. They had a great result at Burnley. I never felt they were ever in any danger.

They stepped it up in the second half. Pep Guardiola put Raheem Sterling further forward alongside Sergio Aguero and he was very dangerous.

It is going to be an exciting couple of weeks to cap off what has been a brilliant battle between City and Liverpool for the title.

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Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer played his entire career at the top level of English football, winning the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1994-95. The following summer he signed for his hometown club, Newcastle United, for a then world record £15 million fee.

He ended his playing career with a record 260 Premier League goals, which still stands today. He also won 63 caps for England, including 34 as captain, and among his 30 international goals were five scored at Euro 96, a total that won him the Golden Boot at that tournament.

Now the chief pundit on Match Of The Day, Alan was one of the first two players inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame this year.