The Reds will need to be at their best if they are to attempt the unthinkable against a very strong Barcelona side.
Date: 7th May 2019
Time: 21:00 CET
The Blaugrana side are 3-0 ahead in the tie and will only have to defend that comfortable cushion when they face Klopp’s side tonight. Goals from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and a double from Messi helped Barca take good control of the tie.
Liverpool, on the other hand, could incredibly go trophyless for yet another season with the Champions League final now seeming a very difficult target while City are not losing any points in the Premier League and maintaining the top spot week in week out.
Liverpool Team News
The home side will be without Mohamed Salah who was stretchered off with a head injury on Saturday, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita who are out with groin injuries as well as Adam Lallana.
🔴🔴 ALLEZ, ALLEZ, ALLEZ 🔴🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019
As usual, Alisson will start in goal with Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Robertson forming the defensive line right in front of him.
Fabinho is likely to take control of midfield at a more defensive position while Henderson and Wijnaldum will be the central midfielders to his side.
With Salah and Firmino unavailable, Shaqiri and Sturridge are likely to take their place and will be joined by Sadio Mane in the attack.
Predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Shaqiri, Mane, Sturridge
Barcelona Team News
Barcelona will be without centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, Ousmane Dembele who’s out with a hamstring injury and also Rafinha who hasn’t played a match since November.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 7, 2019
Valverde will start with ter Stegen in goal while Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba will start at full back positions. Pique and Lenglet will most likely start at centre-back for the away side.
Busquets will take his usual place at holding midfield position while Rakitic and Vidal are expected to start beside the Spanish maestro in the middle of the park.
In attack, Messi will start on the right wing and Coutinho is expected to start on the left while Luis Suarez will take his place at the striker position as he returns to Anfield for the first time since he joined Barca in 2014.
Predicted lineup (4-3-3)
ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal; Messi, Coutinho, Suarez
This will be the 10th time the two sides meet with the previous nine results being a perfect record between the two sides: 3 Liverpool wins, 3 Barcelona wins and 3 draws.
The last meeting was the 3-0 Barcelona win at the Camp Nou last week. Liverpool will be hoping they can make it 4 wins against the Catalans and get ahead in the head-to-head.
Jurgen Klopp’s side got a dramatic late win against Newcastle thanks to a Divock Origi goal in the 86th minute which kept Liverpool’s title hopes alive ahead of next week’s last league match against Wolves.
Barcelona secured the La Liga title less than a fortnight ago when they had won their match against Levante. On Saturday they lost against Celta Vigo, the first defeat since January, but this was insignificant for the Blaugrana having secured the Spanish crown anticipatedly.
|Newcastle United 2-3 Liverpool (4/5)||Celta Vigo 2-0 Barcelona (4/5)|
|Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool (1/5)||Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool (1/5)|
|Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield Town (26/4)||Barcelona 1-0 Levante (27/4)|
|Cardiff City 0-2 Liverpool (21/4)||Alaves 0-2 Barcelona (23/4)|
|Porto 1-4 Liverpool (17/4)||Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad (20/4)|
*Odds are subject to change