FC Barcelona looking to overcome Anfield test
7 May 2019
FC Barcelona stand on the brink of a first UEFA Champions League final in four years as they head to Anfield to take on Liverpool tonight [May 7].
Barça showed their class in the semi-final first leg with a 3-0 victory over Liverpool, leaving Jürgen Klopp’s men with it all to do at home.
Lionel Messi was the star of the show at the Camp Nou, doubling Barça’s lead after Luis Suárez had opened the scoring.
Messi then scored his 600th goal for the Catalan giants with a sensational free-kick, leaving Alisson with no chance.
It was another special strike to add to Messi’s Champions League semi-final collection.
The Argentine netted two fine goals against rivals Real Madrid at the same stage in 2011, helping secure a 2-0 victory at the Bernabéu.
Four years later and the forward was at it again, scoring a superb solo goal against FC Bayern Munich in a thrilling 3-0 triumph.
Barça’s last visit to Anfield came in March 2007 when Eidur Gudjohnsen scored in a 1-0 victory but it wasn’t enough to progress to the quarter-finals, as they went out on away goals.
FC Barcelona also came out on top in their only other Champions League visit back in November 2001.
Goals from Patrick Kluivert, Fabio Rochemback and Marc Overmars ensured a comfortable 3-1 victory.
The game takes on extra significance for Suárez and Phillippe Coutinho as the pair return to Anfield for the first time since leaving the club.
Suárez spent three-and-a-half years on Merseyside, netting 82 goals with Coutinho enjoying a five-year spell before moving to the Camp Nou in January 2018.
Liverpool are without stars Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino for the second leg following the 3-2 victory over Newcastle in the Premier League.
The Reds will be looking to take inspiration from AS Roma’s heroics last season when the Italian outfit overturned a three-goal deficit against FC Barcelona in the quarter-final second leg.