Liverpool vs Barcelona: Klopp's men hoping for revival against Barca

Liverpool vs Barcelona: Klopp's men hoping for revival against Barca

- Liverpool vs Barcelona Champions League clash will see the Reds seek redemption against the La Liga side

- Two superb goals from Lionel Messi and one from Suarez put the Spanish side at advantage of reaching the final of the championship

- Both sides have won three matches each in their last nine matches in Europe while the remaining three have ended in draws

Liverpool's chances to progress to their second straight Champions League final are slim owing to the 3-0 defeat they suffered at the Camp Nou a week ago.

Two goals from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez handed Barcelona a three goal advantage heading into the final fixture of the round in England.

However, the Reds will be hoping they can draw inspiration from AS Roma's incredible comeback against the Catalans last year.

The La Liga side claimed a convincing 4-1 win over the Italian side in Spain, but suffered a 3-0 demolition at the Stadio Olimpico as Ernesto Valverde's men crashed out at the quarterfinal stage last term.

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But they will be without two of their top stars - Mohamed Salah (concussion) and Roberto Firmino leaving only Sadio Mane in attack.

Barcelona on the other hand will have their team ready for the action having rested most of their key players in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo at the Balaidos.

If they win this evening, the Spanish League champions will be making it to the final of the competition for the first time since they last won the title in 2015.

Meanwhile, this will be the teams' tenth fixture, six of the previous nine having come in a six-year period between 2001 and 2007.

Both side have recorded three wins each with Barcelona scoring nine goals to Liverpool's six – although the English club have won all three two-legged contests on aggregate according to Champions League official website.

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Lionel Messi currently tops the UCL goals scorer chart with 12 goals and will be hoping to add to his tally at the end of the round with the aim of winning his sixth UEFA top scorer award.

He last topped the standings jointly with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in 2014/15 but has not been first alone since 2011/12, when he won the prize for the fourth season in a row.

Possible line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Mané, Origi

Out: Firmino (groin), Keïta (groin), Lallana (muscular), Salah (head) Doubtful: None

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Rakitić, Busquets, Vidal; Suárez, Messi

Out: Dembélé (hamstring), Rafinha (knee) Doubtful: none

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi scored twice while Luis Suarez netted just once to see Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 at Camp Nou.

The Spanish League giants however at advantage heading into the second leg at Anfield a week later following their impressive performance at home.

Meanwhile, the Reds will have to score four unreplied goals to progress through to the final second time on a row.

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