Champions League: Why Liverpool may beat Barcelona, qualify for final - Ernesto Valverde

"We were too relaxed", Suarez said.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and that was the case for a group of Liverpool fans who apparently attempted to disrupt Barcelona's preparations for their Champions League clash with a late-night fireworks show.

Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 and soon became a Kop favourite, scoring 82 goals across three and a half years at Anfield.

Suarez is pleased to go back.

"We need a ideal game with a bit of luck because I think they will be thinking if they get a goal it kills the tie", said the Scotland captain. Maybe there will be some people unhappy [with me] but I am grateful to the club.

Klopp confirmed on Monday that Salah (concussion) and Firmino (muscular injury) would not be available for the second leg of the tie at Anfield as they look to overturn a 3-0 deficit. They can do everything Barcelona - they can shut up shop when need be, they can be hard to beat, they can control games through their midfield, they've got strikers who are sharp as we saw with Suarez.

A draw would only bring Liverpool level with Manchester City in the Premier League table with one game left to play, while Manchester City has two league fixtures left against Leicester City and 17th-place Brighton. And they'll have to do it without two of their three first-choice strikers, with Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino both out injured.

"If we get caught up in fearing their players then that's not really going to work", Alexander-Arnold added.

"The first leg result was deceitful and we must play calmly because at Roma last season our approach was not right, we can not repeat this and we must learn from our mistakes".

Luis Suarez's well-timed run to score Barcelona's opening goal last week may not have been fully appreciated on Merseyside.

Messi made it clear from before the season began that the Champions League was his and Barca's primary target in his first campaign as club captain. We weren't good. Football gives you another opportunity. "In my experience, it's not that before the game you think: 'Yeah, I believe we will do it.' I'm completely fine with the chance. Against a team that concedes space (in behind) it is always important to have player like Ousmane".

  • Julie Sanders


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