Liverpool vs Barcelona: 3 major reasons Reds can upset Barca at Anfield

Liverpool vs Barcelona: 3 major reasons Reds can upset Barca at Anfield

- Liverpool vs Barcelona's result from the first leg at Camp Nou could make the La Liga side complacent at Anfield

- Lionel Messi's brace and one goal from Luis Suarez handed the Catalans the advantage heading into the second leg of the encounter

- Ernesto Valverde's men will however hope they can avoid the repeat of their drama against Roma last campaign

Premier League title contenders Liverpool welcome Barcelona to Anfield for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie on Tuesday, May 7.

Though, the mission of reaching the final of this season's edition of the championship looks impossible with the Catalans going into the game with a three goal advantage from the first leg.

Two goals from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez ensured the Spanish League giants overcome their EPL opposition at the Camp Nou a week ago.

However, the Reds will be hoping they can redeem themselves with the help of their home fans later this evening.

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But they will be without their talisman Mohamed Salah, who suffered a head injury in last weekend's win over Newcastle United. And Roberto Firmino due to thigh injury.

And will equally have to contend with Lionel Messi - who has scored 12 goals in nine Champions League matches this campaign.

Barca in the other hand will be well refreshed for the encounter having rested most of their stars in their 2-0 La Liga defeat to Celta Vigo.

Meanwhile, the Catalans are still on course to win treble this season - having won the Spanish League title already. They have the UCL and the Copa Del Rey left to contend for this campaign.

Below are the three major facts that could see Jurgen Klopp's men overturn the three goals deficit according to SportKeeda.

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1. The magic of Anfield

Liverpool have been extremely solid at home this season - winning 16 of their 18 Premier League meetings.

They have also played five Champions League matches at Anfield this season and have won four - drawing just one against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their round of 16 meeting.

And they have got strong support from their fans which will play a crucial role in the way they perform against their visitors later this evening.

Jurgen Klopp's men will be counting on the fans to cheer them to victory at the end of the regulation period this evening.

2. Winning the Champions League title might be their only shot at glory this season

Manchester City are looking like they will beat Liverpool to win Premier League title, hence, the only chance they might have at winning silverware is the UCL title.

Pep Guardiola's men were dumped out of the European elite championship at the quarterfinal stage and they seem to have focused on winning the EPL again this term.

So, the thought of losing the English topflight prize may motivate them to give their all and cause an upset against the favourites in tonight's game.

3. Complacency could set in for Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde's men are three goals up going into the second leg of their semifinal clash, and it is believed that they are likely to be complacent due to the result from the reverse fixture.

Though, they rested their key players over the weekend in their La Liga meeting against Celta Vigo, they still could capitulate like they did against AS Roma last season.

They went 4-1 up against the Serie A side at Camp Nou but on their visit to the Stadio Olimpico, they conceded three unreplied goals, as they crashed out of the tourney at the quarterfinal stage.

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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