Liverpool have to dream that they can achieve the impossible after a 3-0 defeat in Spain, but if any side are capable it’s The Reds and Anfield will be right behind them every step of the way.
Liverpool vs Barcelona betting preview
It would take something truly magical for Barcelona not to reach the next round. Hence their price of 1.01 to qualify compared to 15.0 for Liverpool to make it to the final. Jurgen Klopp’s side stole a dramatic late winner at Newcastle on Saturday to keep their title hopes alive in The Premier League but their dream of a Champions League final looks all but over.
The Spaniards come here as the firm favourites for the competition after a string of very impressive performances, down in no small part to the superhuman talent of Lionel Messi who was largely responsible for the 3-0 win at The Camp Nou. Liverpool had their chance especially when Mo Salah hit the post with the goal at his mercy, had that gone in of the other chances that fell to Sadio Mane then I would’ve given them a much greater chance in this game. I can’t see them winning by at least three goals without Barcelona managing a reply. The first leg showed just how quickly they can click in to action and score, as they did when Suarez started the ball rolling and Messi’s sublime free kick is just another example of the individual brilliance that they have right throughout their side.
It’s not just attacking either, Barcelona have now kept three straight clean sheets in Europe and Gerard Pique has really cemented himself as one of the worlds best in the heart of their defence. The former Manchester United youngster has built a good understanding with Clement Lenglet and with the best left back of this era in the form of Jordi Alba they have an excellent defender who can also transition them in to attack.
Liverpool vs Barcelona team news
It’s real bad news for Liverpool; they’re without some key players for this game. Roberto Firmino had been struggling anyway and he is definitely unavailable. Saturday was a physical affair and after a clash with Martin Dubravka – Mohammed Salah had to be stretchered off the pitch and he’s now out of the game against Barcelona. Xherdan Shaqiri was bright when he came on and he set up the winner for Divock Origi, with some fortune through a touch off Jamaal Lascelles. Both will now start in this crucial tie, but the disruption of that deadly front three won’t be doing any favours for the hosts. Salah and Firmino have scored 42 goals between them and claimed 17 assists and without them they’ve got a real uphill battle to score at least three goals. Naby Keita is also still unavailable which will leave Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to make up the midfield three. Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the first leg but was instrumental against Newcastle, he’ll return at right back. Joel Matip will likely replace Dejan Lovren at centre half after the Croatian’s poor display on Saturday.
It looks pretty certain that Ernesto Valverde will name the same 11 that cruised to victory in the first leg. The only notable absentee is Ousmane Dembele, who very well could’ve put this tie to bed after coming on as a substitute.
Reasons for Liverpool vs Barcelona betting tips
Barcelona have been sensational in Europe and domestically this season and they had the luxury of resting their first team players over the weekend with the league already sewn up. Something that Liverpool can’t afford to do, which if they could, they would be going in to this game much stronger given the number of injuries they have. I simply can’t see Liverpool overturning the score line. There’s no value in backing Barcelona to qualify at such low odds so I’d be looking at the Spaniards draw no bet at 1.85 as I doubt they’ll be just contempt with sitting back, they’ll still want to win this game. Goals look likely as well, especially with the hosts having to go for broke. Over 2.5 is priced at 1.57.
Barcelona draw no bet @ 1.85
Both teams to score @ 1.53
Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 2.0