The Argentine, who had endured one of his quieter nights, scored twice in seven second half minutes, including an exquisite free kick, to seal the victory after Luis Suarez’s opening strike.

Liverpool, beaten in last season’s Champions League final, had chances of its own but was blown away by Messi’s quickfire double as the 31-year-old took his tally to 48 for the campaign.

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