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  • David Tyrer

Van Dijk: Messi is best in world, but LFC don't fear him

With the battle for the Premier League title well and truly out of Liverpool's hands right now, there's still an absolutely massive title well within the Red's grasp and tomorrow night they will take on Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the first leg of a stonking tie.

Liverpool go into the Champions League semi-final against the favourites, with many believing that, while we'll give a good account of ourselves, ultimately Barca will have too much quality and will prevail.

But the boys fear nobody, as evidenced by our progression to a second successive semi-final, and the fact that we're one point behind Man City in the league with two matches remaining. So if Barcelona think it's going to be a walkover, they have another thing coming.

That's not to say they won't pose a massive threat to our chances though, and that threat will be ably spear-headed by the greatest footballer that's ever stepped on to a pitch - Lionel Messi.

The Nou Camp legend was rested at the weekend, to ensure he was fully rested and fit to face the Reds tomorrow night, but Virgil Van Dijk (fresh from winning the POTY award) says that he and his teammates don't fear the forward.

He said: "I think he is the best player in the world.

"But you see how we play, how we defend, we don’t defend one v one, we defend all together and we attack all together as well so we will see, we will be ready.

"The situation is that we are in the semi-final against Barcelona and we are going to face the best player in the world but it is not only him, the whole team has a lot of quality.

"We will prepare well and that is what we are going to do. We have also a very good team so we can compete there as well so it is not like we are going there for a holiday or something."

Many can't see Liverpool getting a draw, never mind a win (although, there's just as many that can), at Barcelona but Reds' fans are confident and Van Dijk echoes that. He continued: "I see what we have.

"I see the players we have, I see the management and the way we play football so it is not really a big surprise but you still have do it and we have to do it on Wednesday as well.

"It is going to be unbelievably tough. You need to be ready for problems and we will be and hopefully we can get a good result to take with us back to Anfield. We are going to try everything to go through to the final.

"Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world but anything can happen."

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