Liverpool news: Barcelona star Gerard Pique opens up on ‘nightmare’ Champions League loss

Barcelona collapsed at Anfield earlier this month, throwing away a three goal lead from the first leg at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi’s double and Luis Suarez’s goal put Barca on the front foot, as their 3-0 home win had fans dreaming of a first Champions League Final in four years.

However, when they got to Anfield, things went from bad to worse as Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum’s braces sent Liverpool through to Madrid.

And Pique told El Pais that the game was a “nightmare”, one that he and his team-mates will struggle to overcome.

“When something like this happens, everything or almost everything has gone wrong,” he said. “I think that on a mental level, some people were affected by what happened in Rome because we had it very recently.

“With the first goal, which was very fast, unconsciously you see the image of Rome.

“Then two more came very quickly and it looked too much like what happened a year ago. Surely it was a mental block, but football was also missing.

“And they pressed very high, very intense, Anfield also played his role, we were not able. Sometimes happens. It was a very hard day.”

Barca still have a chance at a domestic double, having won La Liga they take on Valencia CF in the Copa Del Rey final.

But Pique admitted he struggled to deal with losing in such dramatic style against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

He issued a rallying cry to his team-mates, though, telling them that they have to learn from the defeat and go again next season.

“It has been hard to get up emotionally because the days passed and you did not forget the defeat, it is a fall that will last over time,” he continued. “But we must take a step forward.

“It was a very difficult situation. The team sees that it is not going, you see that they are squeezing and that it is very recent last year.

“But we must not torture ourselves. Yes that is one of our great defeats. But that’s the sport, where sometimes you have to bite the dust.

“It was a nightmare and you have to assume it because it can happen again. But we must understand why it happened and help us in the future because we want to raise the Champions [League] again.”

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