Barcelona vs Liverpool: Match Preview

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Barcelona will be hosting Liverpool in their UEFA Champions League semi-finals first leg tie on Wednesday at Camp Nou. Liverpool is the only English team ever to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Barcelona has been in great form in recent weeks. But they have put in some odd poor displays in between. Their 1-0 win over Levante on Sunday wrapped up their La Liga title.

Liverpool, on the other hand, keeps on winning their games but Premier League still remain out of their hands. They are a point behind them. They won 5-0 against Huddersfield on Friday night.

Form

Barcelona – DWWWW

Valverde’s side have won four of their five last games. They have been put in some great performances. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are in golden touch, especially the Argentine great. They put in three goals in the last game in Champions League against Manchester United at Camp Nou.

Liverpool – WWWWW

The Reds are on a 10 game winning streak. They have put in some commanding displays in recent games. Front trio are in red-hot form with Keita, Fabinho and Henderson been in scintillating form as well. Jurgen Klopp’s had saved their best football for the business end of the season.

Injury/Suspensions

Barcelona

Catalonians have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s visit. Rafinha is the only absentee who has a long-term injury lay off.

Liverpool

Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Lallana have had some minor issues lately, but Fabinho and Firmino are expected to start the game at Camp Nou.

Probable Lineups

Barcelona

Formation: 4-3-3

ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

Liverpool

Formation: 4-3-3

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Stadium

Camp Nou, Barcelona

Possible Outcome

Liverpool is the only English side to ever win against Barcelona at Camp Nou. But that was more than a decade ago, a lot has changed since then. It’s really hard which side is going to win this tie. Two teams with two totally different approaches to the game faces each other.

Barca will be cautious of Liverpool’s counter-attacks and Liverpool will look to dominate Barca’s midfield. The only way to win this game is to win the midfield. Whoever does that better will win the game.

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