Barcelona are one of only three sides to have won an away leg, at Anfield, of a UEFA Champions League knock-out tie. The others being Benfica and Chelsea.
That victory came back in the 2006/07 season. Liverpool had won the 1st leg of their last 16 match-up, 1-2 in Barcelona. Therefore, despite losing 0-1 in front of their own fans two weeks later, they still qualified on away goals.
The Blaugrana will be weary of the ‘Magic of Anfield’ which many have experienced before, such as Dortmund in April 2016. The stories of a fanbase that never knows when its side is beaten. They will know an early goal for the Reds would see them sense blood in the water.
However, Barca will also know that an away goal, particularly an early one, would silence the crowd. The realisation that their team would then need to score five goals; as many as Marc-André ter Stegen has conceded in the entire tournament this season, is a sobering thought.
Liverpool vs Barcelona: Who will win?
Liverpool have won only seven of twenty matches, at Anfield, against Spanish opponents. They have only defeated Barcelona once here in their four encounters. Despite this, they might win tonight.
The Reds have drawn twelve of their fifty-five matches at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League era. Four of those stalemates coming against Spanish opposition.
Can Barcelona add their name to the list of Spanish clubs holding Liverpool to a draw at Anfield?
Barcelona have won each of their last four matches in the UEFA Champions League, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three. They have also won each of their last two visits to Anfield. Barca are to make it three consecutive wins here.
Liverpool vs Barcelona: Who will score?
With both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ruled out of the match through injury, the goalscoring responsibility will largely fall on the shoulders of Sadio Mané.
The Senegal attacker has come to life for Liverpool in the 2nd leg of knock-out ties this season. Firstly, with a brace and man-of-the-match performance in Munich. Then as their main man again, with a goal and an assist in Porto.
Will Mané be the hero for Liverpool once more? He is to score first and also to score at any time.
Luis Suárez scored 82 goals for Liverpool in 133 games during his three-and-a-half years at the club. He scored the opening goal against them also at the Camp Nou last weeke.
El Pistolero is to score at anytime on his return to Anfield.
Lionel Messi lit up the semi-finals last weekend with a stunning free-kick to all-but-seal Barcelona’s place in the Champions League final.
It was Messi’s second goal of the game and his twelfth in the competition this season; four more than any other player. Messi is to score at any time.
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