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  • David Tyrer

Match Preview: Barcelona vs Liverpool

Date & time: Wednesday May 1st, 8pm BST

Where: Camp Nou

What channel: BT Sport

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers


There couldn't have been more of a contrast between the victories over Cardiff and Huddersfield.


One of those was mature, assured and patient, the other was full of last season's pressing and urgency and a bag full of goals.


To take a positive result (be that a draw or a win) away from Camp Nou we'll need to perfectly meet those two somewhere in the middle.


Jurgen Klopp will know that this is much like the test against Real Madrid in last season's final - we're playing an old hand, full of experience and 'know-how'.


But, unlike Real Madrid, it's been 4 years since this current Barcelona side have been at this stage themselves. So in that, we have the upper hand.


Make no mistake, Barca will know that they'll need to take something to Anfield next week, and the home fans will expect a performance to match the occasion. It'll be a stonker.


Injuries & Suspension

Bobby Firmino trained this morning, so he should be in the match day squad tomorrow night. Whether or not he'll start though, is another matter.


As for Fabinho, the precautionary wait of 7 days has now passed so we fully expect our midfield metronome to start.


Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hopefully take his place on the bench again, greatly enhancing our options amongst the subs.


The home side have no known injury issues as of this evening.


Form

Barcelona: D-W-W-W-W (all comps)

Liverpool: W-W-W-W-W (all comps)


Predicted line-up

With Huddersfield comfortably dispatched last Friday, the team have had five days to prepare for this one, meaning that there shouldn't be a major issue over tiredness.


But with Newcastle on the horizon (and a Premier League title race) Klopp's selection will no doubt take into account that we have three very tough games in less than seven days.


For Barcelona, all of their eggs are now in this basket and they will field their strongest possible side, so it would be wise not to go full-pelt from the first whistle, til the final.


Starting line-up: Alisson, Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Mane and Firmino.



 

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