Barcelona vs Liverpool: Champions League preview, possible line ups, head-to-head

Barcelona vs Liverpool: Champions League preview, possible line ups, head-to-head

- Barcelona vs Liverpool will face-off at the Camp Nou in a Champions League first leg encounter

- The Spanish giants have been tagged favourites to lift the trophy following their form this season

- Liverpool are looking to make it through to a second successive Champions League finals

Barcelona vs Liverpool blockbuster clash will take place at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, May 1, as both sides will be looking to take a step further in the Champions League semi finals first leg.

The Spanish giants have enjoyed a fine season, winning La Liga and have also booked a place in the finals of the Copa del Rey.

Liverpool on other hand are still in contention for the Premier League title and are still aiming for European glory this season.

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The Reds had an easy ride against FC Porto in their quarter fixture with two leg wins over the Portuguese side resulting into a 6-1 aggregate.

Barca humbled Manchester United in the last eight fixture with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline to pull through as favourites of the tournament.

However, Liverpool are the only English side to win away at Barcelona in the Champions following a 2-1 victory in the 2006-07 campaign.

Lionel Messi has scored 24 goals in just 32 Champions League matches against English opposition, but the Argentine has failed to find the back of the net the two times he has faced Liverpool.

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Possible line ups:

Barcelona's starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Date: Wednesday, May 1

Time: 8pm (Nigerian time)

Venue: Nou Camp

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Virgil van Dijk has insisted he is not intimidated with the challenge of trying to stop Lionel Messi when Liverpool clash with Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Reds will travel to Camp Nou for the first leg in what is expected to be an explosive contest between both sides. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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