Tonight’s Champions League game is, as most would call it, “the final before the final” between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou, in the heart of Catalunya.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed both Roberto Firmino and Fabinho could be available to face Barcelona at the Nou Camp tonight (8pm).
The Catalan giants recently secured their 26th La Liga title with a narrow win over Levante at the weekend and will be keen on maintaining that momentum against the Reds.
BARCELONA VS LIVERPOOL PRE MATCH INSIGHTS
- Barcelona have won more Champions League games against English sides (27) than any side has won against clubs from a particular nation in the competition’s history.
- Liverpool have never lost in four previous away meetings with Barcelona in all competitions (W2 D2) – against no other side do they have a better unbeaten away record in all European competition (also four vs Porto).
- Liverpool are the only English side to win away at Barcelona in European competition, beating them 1-0 in the 1975-76 UEFA Cup and 2-1 in the 2006-07 Champions League.
- Barcelona have only progressed from one of their four European Cup/Champions league semi-finals against English opposition, having been knocked out in 1974-75 by Leeds United, 2007-08 by Man Utd and 2011-12 by Chelsea. Their only such progression came in 2008-09 against Chelsea, before beating Man Utd in the final in Rome.
- This is Liverpool’s 11th appearance in the European Cup/Champions League semi-finals – they’ve progressed from eight of their previous 10, failing only in 1964-65 (vs Inter) and 2007-08 (vs Chelsea).
BARCELONA (4-3-3) LINEUP
- ter Stegen
- Nélson Semedo
- Arthur Melo
- Ousmane Dembélé
- Jasper Cillessen
- Samuel Umtiti
- Carles Aleñá
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