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FC Barcelona News: 7 August 2016; Barcelona Hammered by Liverpool, Lucas Digne Makes Debut

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Liverpool v FC Barcelona: Thwarted at Wembley (4-0) | FC Barcelona
After defeating Celtic and Leicester, Barça have failed to complete a British treble in the International Champions Cup by going down to 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in front of 89,845 people, the second largest crowd ever to assemble at Wembley. Other than Juan Cámara, Luis Enrique began with only first-team players, reserving his Barça B contingent and those that have only recently reported back to training for the second half.

Digne makes his FC Barcelona debut against Liverpool | FC Barcelona
One of FC Barcelona’s summer signings, Lucas Digne, has made his debut in the friendly against Liverpool. The Frenchman returned early from his holidays to team up with the squad and has made his first appearance in a Barça shirt in the side’s third game of preseason.

Luis Suárez touched by ovation from Liverpool fans | FC Barcelona
Saturday was no ordinary preseason friendly for Luis Suárez. It was the first time he had faced Liverpool since he left the club for Barcelona, and although the game was played at Wembley rather than Anfield, it was Reds supporters that were naturally the majority in the stadium and they offered him a warm ovation when he left the field with 15 minutes to go.

Luis Enrique highlights difference in rhythm between FC Barcelona and Liverpool | FC Barcelona
Barça are not used to defeats like the 4-0 inflicted on them by Liverpool this Saturday, but Luis Enrique insisted afterwards that the negative result is no cause for concern. "The faster pace of their players showed" he said after the final whistle. "But in the middle of the season, it’s unlikely that they’d have been able to get a result like that … It was a case of teams playing at very different rhythms. But it wasn’t our day either when it came to making mistakes. And you pay for such mistakes against teams like these."

Super skills from Luis Suárez at St. George’s Park | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez has put the injury that he suffered at the end of the last season behind him. After being forced to watch from the side-lines as Uruguay went out in the group stages of the Copa America, the Golden Shoe winner has regained his full form.

Roma in talks to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen - ESPN FC
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that he hopes to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen, 30, joined Barca from Arsenal in 2014 but has struggled with injuries throughout his time at the Camp Nou.

Mestre: Scandalous Messi and Suarez not on shortlist - Goal.com
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre said the Spanish champions are "very disappointed and angry" with UEFA's decision to overlook Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for the Best Player in Europe Award, branding the pair's snub as "scandalous". Messi and Suarez were not among the three finalists for the prize, with Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann selected.