Hope for Liverpool? Barca’s three 3-0 UCL knockout defeats in six seasons
A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona triumphed 3-0 in the first leg at the Nou Camp thanks to a brace from the Argentine and a goal from Luis Suarez.
The Reds are famed for a certain comeback from 3-0 down in the Champions League, but they can take heart from more recent results, too. We’ve taken a look back at the last three times Barcelona have lost 3-0 in a European knockout tie, and the last three times Liverpool have won by the same scoreline.
Roma 3-0 Barcelona
We thought we were going to look back deep into the history books to find the last time Barcelona were beaten 3-0 in a European knockout tie, completely forgetting it literally happened last year at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League.
Roma, however, crucially had an away goal from their 4-1 defeat in the Camp Nou, which proved vital as Eden Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas helped the Italian outfit produce a stunning comeback to set up a semi-final meeting with Liverpool no less.
If the Reds are looking for any straws to clutch, they can take some encouragement from the fact Alisson Becker was in goal for Roma for this famous win.
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona
Oh, what’s that, Barcelona have actually lost a Champions League knockout tie 3-0 twice in the last two seasons?
Juve did the damage in the first leg of the 2017 quarter-final as Paulo Dybala bagged a first-half brace and Georgio Chiellini wrapped up the scoring in the second half, allowing Max Allegri’s men to sit in for a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp that saw them through to the last four.
Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich
Make that three 3-0 defeats in Champions League knockout ties in six seasons.
Bayern eviscerated Barcelona over two legs, winning 4-0 in Bavaria before taking Barca to the cleaners in their own back yard thanks to strikes from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller, as well as a Gerard Pique own-goal.
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
A perfect Jurgen Klopp performance crystalised as the Reds stunned City with a first-half masterclass, putting Guardiola’s men to the sword with goals from Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal
Their have been other big wins in the Champions League knockout stages, including a 5-0 triumph over Porto and 5-2 victory against Roma, but if we’re sticking to 3-0 scorelines we have to switch to the Europa League.
Klopp reached the Europa League final in his first campaign in charge as Liverpool quickly levelled scores on aggregate at Anfield through Bruno Soriano’s own-goal before Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana completed the win in the second half.
Liverpool 3-0 Lille
Another Europa League encounter, dating back to 2010 and the management of Rafa Benitez.
Liverpool had dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group, facing Lille in the round of 16.
A 1-0 deficit after the first leg was wiped out after just nine minutes thanks to Steven Gerrard’s penalty, and a Fernando Torres brace saw the Reds make it through to the quarter-finals.