• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Liverpool vs Barcelona

Date & time: Tuesday 7th May, 8pm

Where: Anfield

What channel: BT Sport Football

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir


The Reds go into the second leg of this tie knowing that, barring a miracle, pride is what's at stake.


With a fully fit starting 11, it would be a different story, but considering we're likely to be missing at least 3 first team starters, it's certainly looking unlikely.


Barcelona had already wrapped up La Liga by the time the first leg was played, and had the luxury of resting their entire first team vs Celta Vigo Saturday and will arrive fully refreshed and ready to defend their first leg 3 nil lead.


The Reds had a full available first team on the field on Saturday and many of those will start against Barcelona tomorrow.


Injuries & Suspension

It's more bad news for Jurgen Klopp, as he's definitely without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Whilst Naby Keits will also be absent.


Adam Lallana is a guaranteed absentee, but news today is that Virgil Van Dijk and Oxlade-Chamberlain trained alone wasnt the news we'd wanted to hear.


It's been confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain will almost certainly miss the match, while Virg should be available.


As already stated, Barca will have their whole first team fit and rested, but Ousmane Dembele is likely to miss the match, along with long-term absentee Rafinha.


Form

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

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


Predicted line-up

Given what we now know, the attacking line up we'd all hoped for will begin to look a little more makeshift.


It would've been great to start Oxlade-Chamberlain in some capacity, perhaps in an attacking 3 behind Sadio Mane but that is unlikely to happen now.


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



 
 

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