Barcelona suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday in an International Champions Cup clash staged at the Wembley.
A first half effort from new signing Sadio Mane and three second half goals from Javier Mascherano (own goal) Divock Origi and Marko Grujic was all the Reds needed to humble Luis Suarez in his first game against Liverpool since quitting Anfield for Camp Nou in 2014.
Wembley Stadium was the setting as Liverpool completed their International Champions Cup commitments against the Spanish giants, and Jürgen Klopp’s team treated the sell-out crowd to an exciting, fluent display that whets the appetite nicely ahead of the new season.
The impressive Mane opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour with an excellent finish after Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino had linked up well.
Luis Suarez reminded Reds fans of his stunning technique by producing a wonderful flick round the corner for Lionel Messi as Barca sought a quick response, but the Argentine hit the post with his low effort across Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool stormed out of the blocks in the second half and were 3-0 up by the 49th minute thanks to an own goal from former Red Javier Mascherano and a typically classy finish from Divock Origi.
Marko Grujic added further gloss to the scoreline with a brilliant looping header in injury time, and Klopp is sure to be satisfied with an encouraging performance and result against a true heavyweight of European football with Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Arsenal now just eight days away.
The only negative on an otherwise perfect day were apparent injuries for James Milner and Dejan Lovren, who were forced off towards the end of either half.
The victory means Liverpool have now won six and lost two off their eight pre-season fixtures while Barcelona have now recorded their first defeat in three pre-season encounters.
The Catalans have not lost a single game since the 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in a UEFA Champions League tie back in April.