Why Barcelona’s Jordi Alba should bear burden collapse in Liverpool

Barcelona got a taste of their own medicine after succumbing to a 4-0 collapse against Liverpool at Anfield with a brace from Divock Origi and second-half substitute Gini Wijnaldum to go down 4-3 on aggregate.

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Barcelona faltered for the second time in a row after being dumped out of the Champions League last season on away goals rule against AS Roma having previously made the comeback of the century in an incredible 4-0 comeback against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain to win 6-5 on aggregate.

For every great win there must be scapegoat or culprit for such a collapse and in this case, would have to lay the blame on left-back Jordi Alba who was at the centre of every conceded goal. Baring in mind Ernesto Valverde failed to respond to the Liverpool challenge.

In an away leg it’s always advisable to keep the opposition from scoring early on and not give them momentum and Jordi Alba wayward header gifted the Reds with the first goal with his attempt intercepted by Saido Mane and Jordan Henderson put through on goal for Ter Stegen to briefly bail them with a save but Origi tapped in from the parried shot.

Jordi Alba almost rescued the tie after a classy move by Barcelona only for the Spanish left-back with a clear sight on goal decide to leave it to Lionel Messi which allowed a last minute ditch tackle fro Virgil Van Dijk to nick the ball off the Barcelona maestro.

Alba’s was also responsible for the second after losing the ball on the wing for Trent-Alexander Arnold to swing in a low deflected cross for  Wijnaldum to steer past the German goalkeeper.

The third goal for the Liverpool fightback to be complete was a defensive failure with Wijnaldum left to drift between the defenders with Jordi Alba looking on and failing to at least mark or warn his fellow defenders of the Dutchman’s presence in the six-yard box.

And lastly, the comeback was complete with a quick-thinking corner after Alexander spotted the Barcelona players going asleep to square it to Origi whose shot ended in the back of the net while the whole defence is capable Jordi Alba was closest  to the Liverpool striker and was on the flight of the path of the ball, only to look away and get caught out with the cross.

While the majority of the side looked limp and meek in the challenge, Jordi Alba should bear the burden of the collapse to Liverpool given the shambolic performance exhibited by the Blaugrana with a 3-0 lead from the first leg.

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