Barcelona captain Lionel Messi criticised home fans for jeering Philippe Coutinho during their 3-0 defeat of Liverpool.

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team’s third 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 JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Coutinho, who was signed from Liverpool in January 2018, had an underwhelming evening and was withdrawn for Nelson Semedo after the hour mark as he was met with whistles.

Messi, who scored two stunning goals to put Barcelona in control of the Champions League semifinal, said: “This is a time when we have to be more united than ever, both as players and fans.

“It is not the time to criticise anyone. The whistles against Coutinho are ugly.

“We have to be together.” he said

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