Messi said: “Any rivals are dangerous in Europe at this time but Liverpool are a team that can be beaten by Barcelona. Lyon are the most difficult today.
“I expect an open game because the English play without defensive caution and with a style similar to Barcelona.
“Sincerely, I believe Liverpool are worried about playing against us because we are the champions of Europe and that strikes fear in any rivals.
“I desire to travel to Liverpool with much work done and holding an advantage to qualify for the next round.
“A 2-0 or 3-0 score will be perfect for Barca.
“Always, we need to not concede a goal in Camp Nou to avoid problems at Anfield.”
He added: “The Reds are a peculiar team. They play in England but the style of the coach and many of the players is nearly Spanish. This will be an extra problem for Barcelona.”