Ernesto Valverde has opened up on the damaging defeat his Barcelona side suffered at Liverpool last season and the lasting damage.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, with key players missing, pulled off an incredible comeback in the semi-final of the Champions League beating Barca 4-0 at Anfield.
The Reds were 3-0 down from the first leg at the Camp Nou, but a brace from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum helped Klopp’s men to a 4-3 aggregate win.
Liverpool of course went on to win the trophy with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the final, while Barca then went and lost the Copa del Rey final 2-1 ro to Valencia.
In an interview on the official Barcelona website, Valverde said: “Until Liverpool, we were having an incredible Champions League.
“At Anfield, we had chances but they scored early on and psychologically we started worrying that what happened in Rome might happen again.
“There was a moment of weakness and we paid for it. It was one of the toughest moments of the year.
“We must admit that the hit we took in Liverpool meant our morale was down going into the Copa [del Rey] final [against Valencia].
“If we’d won against Liverpool, we’d have won the Copa [del Rey] final too.”