Messi: We’re happy with Liverpool win in a very intense game

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (back) celebrates with Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on May 1, 2019. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi says that Barcelona must be satisfied with their heavy victory against Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final – but has warned his team-mates that the tie is far from over.

“We had chances to score more but we must be happy with tonight,” Messi stated. “We are aware that it’s not over as we still have to go to their ground. But we’re happy with tonight.

“It was a very, very intense game. They’re used to playing at that rhythm, with a very physical game, with a lot of counter-attacks.

“We’re very tired now but we have to continue like this, also in the second leg. In the first half, we played well.

“In the second half, they were very good. They had some great chances. We did well to resist. I was very fortunate to find the corner with that goal. It was a beautiful moment. We have to be united.”