mirror: Lionel Messi has been told he is wrong for blaming his Barcelona team-mates for the Champions League defeat by Liverpool.

The Catalan giants brought a three-goal lead with them to Anfield for the second leg of the semi-final, but were thumped by the Reds 4-0 on the night.

Messi claimed Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wasn’t to blame for the capitulation, saying he and his team-mates were at fault.

“I think the coach has done an impressive job,” said the Barcelona legend. “I think in that elimination against Liverpool, he is practically blameless. We are the only ones to blame for that match.

“It was unfortunate the match we played, the image we left behind.”

But Shaka Hislop believes Messi is wrong with his evaluation and has instead pointed the finger at Valverde.

On ESPN the former goalkeeper said: “I’m not so sure. The reason I’m this uncertain is because this wasn’t a one-off. We saw exactly this 12 months ago.

“And as much as I sympathise with Lionel Messi and how he feels about Valverde, that hasn’t been much of a secret over the last couple of years that he’s a Valverde fan and would like to see him stay.

“I think the other challenge for Barcelona is, if you get rid of Valverde, who’s going to come in? I don’t think there are any names that come to mind, certainly not right now.

“But for me, Valverde has to shoulder some of the blame. Now, again, if it was just the Liverpool game, you could say ‘well, okay’.

“But for it to happen against Roma 12 months ago and for him to have a similar response, or lack of, for Barcelona last season to go undefeated up until their last away game against Levante and for some ridiculous reason you leave Lionel Messi at home, that’s on the manager.”

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