Liverpool will no doubt put on a good show at Anfield against Barcelona on Tuesday but the La Liga champions have the ability to ride out the storm and reach the Champions League final for the fifth time in the last 14 years.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were a little unfortunate to lose last week’s semi-final first-leg 3-0 and were dealt a major blow on Saturday when Mo Salah suffered a head injury at Newcastle United. The prolific Egyptian will not be able to play in Tuesday’s return encounter.
Liverpool, who have won the competition five times, will also be without the attacking talents of Roberto Firmino as well as midfielder Naby Keita, while Barcelona were able to rest all their key players on Saturday.
The Reds seem certain to push for some early goals but Barcelona have the talent to catch the home team on the break and it would be no surprise to see former Anfield favourite Luis Suarez score in the match.
It looks set to be a high-scoring encounter as Liverpool go for broke, with over 4.5 goals in the match good value at 7/2, while a victory for Klopp’s team and both teams to score can be backed at 59/20.
Barcelona did contrive to get knocked out of last term’s Champions League by Roma, despite winning the first leg 4-1, but it seems inconceivable that lightning will strike twice.
Liverpool will be hoping to evoke the spirit of 2005 when they famously came back from three goals down at half time to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final but that could well be a case of clutching at straws.
Klopp has put together a sublime squad but on this occasion they look set to come up short.
A draw at half time and Barcelona victory after 90 minutes is available at 5/1.
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