Liverpool vs Barcelona live updates
Liverpool have a mountain to climb to get into the UEFA Champions League final ahead of Barcelona who bring a three goal lead to Anfield.
To make matters worse for the Reds they will be missing two members of their lauded striking trident. Mohamed Salah took an almighty blow to the head in Liverpool’s win over Newcastle in the league on Saturday night. Roberto Firmino remains sidelined with a groin issue.
Like Firmino Naby Keita is struggling with his groin and is likely to miss not only the remainder of the Liverpool season but also Guinea’s African Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt.
Barcelona are braced for the impact of Liverpool’s 12th man, the Anfield crowd, whom they hope to keep quiet by establishing control of the game. Barca will just about be at full strength but Ousmane Dembele, who came off the bench last week has picked up a hamstring issue and will sit out along with long term absentee Rafinha who has a crocked knee.
Ahead of the match Ernesto Valverde told UEFA.com: “If we think about last week’s result it would be an error. We have to play it as if it was a final. It’s going to be difficult because we know their fans will get behind them. They have fast players. Sometimes you are put in situations that are uncomfortable. We want to have the feeling that we’re in control. They’re going to attack us, there’s no doubt about that. But we have to focus on ourselves.”
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Mané, Origi
Out: Firmino (groin), Keïta (groin), Lallana (muscular), Salah (head)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Rakitić, Busquets, Vidal; Suárez, Messi
Out: Dembélé (hamstring), Rafinha (knee)
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