Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

Champions League semi-final second leg: Liverpool vs Barcelona

barca vs liverpool 2019Messi is on Merseyside and back for more as Barca take an imposing lead to the English Premier League side.

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Liverpool (0) vs (3) Barcelona – 21:00 SAST

Barcelona go to Liverpool on Tuesday night with one foot in the Champions League final, taking a 3-0 advantage to Anfield for the second leg of their semi-final tie.

The Spanish La Liga champions were inspired by Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou a week ago, blasting past the English Premier League title contenders.

Read our full match report from the first leg here.

Ex-Reds forward Luis Suarez haunted his former club with the opening goal 26 minutes into a competitive first half.

The Uruguayan turned Jordi Alba’s cross past Alisson to break the deadlock in Catalonia.

Then it was the Messi show.

Another Suarez effort came back off the crossbar, with the Argentinian maestro on hand to bundle in for number two.

Messi excelled himself less than ten minutes later, whizzing a gorgeous free kick into the top left-hand corner to put his side in total command.

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Mohamed Salah is injured during Liverpool’s match against Newcastle on 4 May 2019. Photo: PA

Most galling for boss Jurgen Klopp was that his side hadn’t even played that badly.

They must also overhaul their high-flying opponents without two of their fabled front three, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both sidelined for the Merseyside clash.

Liverpool also have one eye on the sharp end of the EPL season next Sunday, where a win over mid-table Wolves can seal the domestic title if rivals Manchester City slip up.

Ajax or Tottenham will meet the winners in the UCL final.

The Dutch Eredivisie champions and the Premier League top four-chasers meet at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on Wednesday, with the hosts boasting a 1-0 first leg lead after snaffling a vital away goal in London.

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