Date of publication: Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:54
Joe Gomez will concentrate on keeping Lionel Messi quiet in preparation for his Champions League semifinal with Barcelona, and not a second before.
Liverpool's wide victory against Porto in Portugal marked Gomez's welcome return to action.
The 21-year-old England international made his first appearance as a veteran since December after a broken leg when he came as a substitute in the second half.
Liverpool will face a battle against Barça in the semifinals, with the manager Jurgen Klopp already insists that the return to Anfield for Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho will be "anything but welcome."
Our last Red Card blog is is already getting dizzy at the prospect of Liverpool being just seven games away from the biggest season of a generation – but a man who presents a great obstacle is Messi, a man who this season has maintained his incredible high standards.
Gómez, however, if selected, will accept the challenge of facing Messi in his step while saying: "We have not really thought about it (the draw of Barcelona) until now.
"It will be a difficult game, clearly, they are one of the best in the world and probably have the best player in the world and many others around them.
"So it's going to be a difficult game, but that's what the Champions League is about.
"You do not get that far to have easy games and we know you have to earn your place in the next round."
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Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil Van Dijk were on target when Liverpool, beaten finalists last season, got back into the last four.
Klopp's team has now won eight consecutive games in its quest for a double Premier League and Champions League.
"We had to be prepared for them to come out strong and it was difficult in the first 30 minutes," said Gomez.
"But we managed to get a goal and then the guys saw it and in the end it was a good result."
"In our opinion, it was 0-0 and we could not enter the game thinking" Let's see it and try and not let them score and see as a 0-0 ".
"We knew we had to treat this as a separate game and play as we do."
Liverpool will travel to Barcelona for the first leg of the semifinal on May 1, with the return to Anfield six days later.
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