Barcelona's Luis Suarez in action
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has lamented his side's performance in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, saying the La Liga champions have not been sharp enough in pre-season, as quoted by Four Four Two.
The Catalan giants were swept aside by a vibrant and hungry Liverpool as Sadio Mane's first goal for the club, and a Javier Mascherano own goal as well as strikes from Divock Origi and Marko Grujic sealed a sensational result for the Reds.
Barca's side was a near-to-full strength squad, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, but it was not enough as Liverpool ran rampant at Wembley, brimming with energy and incisiveness both on and off the ball.
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However, Enrique was not concerned about the result, instead choosing to compare the two sides based on their pre-season performances, whilst calling for his side to improve after the full-time whistle.
"From the beginning it was two teams with totally different [pre-season] momentum, it was clear from the very start of the game," Enrique said during his post-match press conference.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique
"It definitely wasn't our best day, we made a number of mistakes, especially for the first goal.
"After the first goal, there were a number of chances that we had, a lay-off for Luis [Suarez] from Arda [Turan]. I think the two earlier goals in the second half decided the match.
"What you saw were two teams at different stages [of pre-season], with a different amount of training sessions and matches, today I was able to give some minutes to some reserve players. The good thing is that they are all healthy physically and it was good to keep our pre-season going.
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"There are enough days for us to prepare, and there is no doubt that we will be competitive, given the difference in fitness levels this is the type of result that you will see."
Barcelona will now turn their attention to the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla on Friday evening, and hope for better days on the pitch after Saturday's result, which saw them struggle throughout against Jurgen Klopp's men.