Liverpool v Barcelona – Anfield at 20:00 GMT+1

Liverpool will host Barcelona at Anfield for the second leg clash of their Champions League semi-final showdown. Tuesday night’s battle will definitely be a tough one for the hosts since they will be facing a Barcelona side that holds the advantage after securing the 0-3 victory in the first leg on Wednesday night. The hosts do have the home advantage though so a win for the Reds certainly seems possible.

Both sides are in great form domestically. The Reds has been continuing to put the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Barcelona are still sitting at the peak of the La Liga with 9 points ahead of Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona haven’t lost in any away fixtures in the competition so far this season, but they just won five of their last 16 Champions League matches on the road. Furthermore, there have been a few underwhelming results when they faced Inter Milan and Lyon.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are undefeated in 19 league fixtures at home so far this season. Their record at home proves that they can give their opponents a run for their money. The Reds already did more than what was expected of them in the first leg, despite losing, so a home advantage should further drive them to secure the victory on Tuesday.

LATEST NEWS

–          Liverpool’s top scorer Mo Salah remains a doubt for Tuesday’s match after suffering from a head injury over the weekend.

–          Adam Lallana is also unavailable due to a muscle problem.

–          For Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele will miss out the match against the Reds due to a hamstring injury.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Liverpool: 4-3-3

Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldumm, Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge

Barcelona: 4-3-3

Marc Andre ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez

KEY PLAYERS

Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk should lead the Reds against the Barcas. With Mo Salah a doubt due to a head injury, Jurgen Klopp will definitely rely on another star player to lead the team and secure the victory.

Barcelona

Lionel Messi has always been the star of Barcelona. He’s the leading top-scorer for the Barcas and has been the most important player in Enersto Valverde’s lineup. With his attacking prowess, Barcelona will definitely go hard and aim for the victory on Tuesday night.

MATCH PREDICTION

Liverpool v Barcelona: 2-1

A home win seems to be on the cards for Tuesday night’s match but not before Barcelona give them a rough fight. Expect both teams to fight boldly and solidly. If you’re looking for entertainment and a thriller, then this match will surely give you that and so much more. The hosts will most likely go all out as they look to keep their momentum in this clash; however, they will need to be really cautious of their opponent’s counter-attacks.

MATCH BETTING ODDS

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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