It seems odd to suggest that Philippe Coutinho is on the verge of leaving Barcelona considering he was made one of the most expensive players in football history by the Liga giants roughly 12 months ago.
It's a far cry from the player who would prove decisive in big moments for Liverpool, consistently showing the confidence to attempt the extravagant and usually pulling it off.
The strike makes Messi the second player to have scored 400 goals in any of Europe's top five leagues, reaching the milestone in 63 games fewer than Cristiano Ronaldo did, and he has now almost doubled Alan Shearer's Premier League record of 260 strikes. "In the first half, it was hard to create chances, but we knew our quality and that told in the end".
That gives him a colossal lead over Luis Suarez, who is the second-highest active scorer for Barca with 166 tallies.
It has been a promising campaign from the Blaugrana so far, who now sit on top of the La Liga table with an impressive 5 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
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Erick Cabaco opened scoring for the hosts as early as the fourth minute of the encounter with Ruben Rochina claiming the assist for the goal.
Suarez is second in the league behind Messi this season with 14 goals.
Sources have stressed to ESPN FC throughout the season that Barca have not broached the idea of re-signing Neymar, with vice president Jordi Cardoner suggesting the way he left the club would count against him if he really did want to come back.
Later, fifth-placed Real Madrid can pull level on points with Sevilla if it wins at Real Betis.
Coutinho started a game for the first time since December 2 on Thursday in Barcelona's 2-1 loss at Levante and the attacking midfielder converted a penalty in the 85th minute. They will meet again on Wednesday in Seville in the return leg of their round-of-16 game.