Messi hasn’t been to a European final as recently as surprise Liverpool star plying his trade in the Championship, notes statician

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Remarkably, Joe Allen’s appearance in the Europa League final of 2016 means that the Welshman has appeared in a European final more recently than Leo Messi (2015).

This comes courtesy of a tweet from Opta’s Duncan Alexander, following PSG’s capitulation in Madrid to hand the hosts passage through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Kylian Mbappe had opened the scoring for Mauricio Pochetinno’s men, though a 17-minute hat-trick from Karim Benzema was enough to see both of his compatriot’s goals across the two legs cancelled out.

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Early on in Jurgen Klopp’s regime, however, Allen and Co. couldn’t secure their first piece of silverware under the German, being defeated 3-1 by Unai Emery’s serial winners, Sevilla.

The picture has changed considerably since the likes of our former No.24 were gradually offloaded and replaced with considerable upgrades.

Possessing a squad with genuine depth just as much as genuine quality, there’s more than a sense of hope that we can effectively compete on all fronts this season and expand upon our League Cup win in February.

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