Liverpool 1-0 Barcelona, LIVE (1-3 agg) – Champions League semi-final: Latest from second leg as Klopp’s men look to fightback at Anfield
- Liverpool host Barcelona in the second leg of their UCL clash tonight at 8pm BST
- UK viewers can watch Champions League clash live on BT Sport 2/4K UHD
- Barcelona looking to replicate 2007 Anfield win as they look to progress to final
- Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Mane, Shaqiri, Origi
- Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
Liverpool host Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to become only the third team in the history of the European Cup to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and progress to final.
Lionel Messi has only ever visited Anfield once before in 2007, which saw Barca win 1-0 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with the Reds.
Sportmail’s Nathan Salt will provide live Champions League coverage of Liverpool vs Barcelona including score, lineups and build-up.
51min: Goes without saying that the next goal in this tie is absolutely crucial in determining who makes it to Madrid on June 1.
Liverpool have started this half as they did the first: full of energy, ambitious on the press and roared on by a fanbase in full voice.
Barcelona desperately need to ride out this wave before their spell in the half arrives.
47min: Telling that Liverpool are attacking the Kop end and the noise levels have ramped up after winning an early corner.
Xherdan Shaqiri managed to pick out Virgil van Dijk but it comes to nothing. Liverpool have been particularly wasteful on corners so far tonight.
Huge 45 minutes here and Liverpool know they have to go for it now, take risks and face any consequences that come with that.
They need two goals to force us into extra-time tonight.
Bit of alternation news as Andy Robertson is coming off for Liverpool – that injury has clearly flared up – and Georginio Wijnaldum is coming on.
James Milner likely to switch to fill the void at left back and Wijnaldum slotting into the midfield.
The atmosphere has lived up to the occasion and a dream start courtesy of Divock Origi, in for the injured Roberto Firmino, set Liverpool on their way.
But that was to be the only goal in 45 minutes as Barcelona improved thereafter, going close to breaching Alisson’s goal on a number of occasions with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez guilty of spurning well-worked moves.
Liverpool still need two goals to force extra-time here. It’s a good start but that’s all it is… a start. Big 45 minutes to come.
With the ball dropping from the sky and there to be won, the experienced Barcelona midfielder surges without hesitation towards Fabinho and he gets nowhere near the ball.
Barcelona midfielder’s shoulder connects with Liverpool man’s head and referee has no doubts as to the booking.
Silly foul on the stroke of half-time.
43min: Wonderful dinked ball over the Barcelona defence almost finds its way through to Sadio Mane near the six-yard box but Gerard Pique gets a vital touch on the stretch to send the ball into the arms of his goalkeeper.
Another boost for Liverpool is that Robertson, much like Henderson, appears to have shaken off any injury doubts as they look renewed.
40min: Messi is really a joy to watch when he is coasting past players that know they cannot get anywhere near him.
But all eyes in the stadium are now on Liverpool’s Andy Robertson as he goes down and looks in real distress.
Replays appear to show Luis Suarez had a little kick out at the Scotland international.
Now chants of ‘f**k off Suarez’ from the home support. Not mincing their words at Anfield.
Joe Gomez warming up and that is one of the defensive options available to Jurgen Klopp tonight.
37min: Ironic jeers from the home support as the referee awards a free-kick to Liverpool following a foul by Arturo Vidal on James Milner.
Many are still seething that Sadio Mane, bursting through on goal, was told to get up after a tangle with Clement Lenglet.
34min: He is back on and Wijnaldum has put his tracksuit top back on so that substitution looks to be on hold for now at least.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping it is merely a knock rather than a twist on the knee for his captain. He won’t want to go off unless he can barely move in a game of this magnitude.
32min: This looks very concerning for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
He pulls off a clever spin having collected the ball from Divock Origi and replays show as he slid to keep the ball his knee connected with the boot of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet.
I don’t think he can carry on here. Looks in real discomfort.
28min: Barcelona are ice cold in possession and won’t be pressured into long-ball tonight it seems.
Neither side need to rush this, you feel. Liverpool will be satisfied with this opener and Barcelona know they are only one goal away from killing this tie.
ON. A. KNIFE. EDGE.
25min: Suarez is down again waving for an imaginery yellow card after buckling under challenge from Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool fans are booing with some vigour now and he isn’t helping himself.
Only moments ago Liverpool thought they had a second goal on the night when Andy Robertson fizzed a strike from wide on the left towards the top corner, only to draw an unorthodox save from Ter Stegen.
Barcelona surely knew it was going to be like this? They don’t look prepared for this onslaught at all.
22min: Luis Suarez can’t help but take the role as the villain tonight. This time he is clattered by James Milner right in front of the referee and his Barca team-mates are asking why Milner has escaped a booking for a late foul.
Less of the crowding the referee, please…
19min: It is ALL Barcelona now and this time it is Coutinho who goes close to finding an equaliser.
How many wake-up calls do Liverpool want? The finish was simple enough, the Brazilian was unable to get the power behind it as he looked for the far corner.
It was way too simple for Messi, Suarez and Coutinho to orchestrate a three-on-two move.
17min: Liverpool living a tad more dangerously now as Barcelona turn decent possession into a serious chance (which looked to be offside but no flag came).
Lionel Messi had a clear sight of the middle of the goal but as he looked to check back onto his left foot Virgil van Dijk got back to poke away.
15min: HUGE SAVE! Barcelona launch their first meaningful attack of the game so far as Lionel Messi draws a wonderful – and vital – save from Alisson.
Arturo Vidal produces a stunning switch to Philippe Coutinho who finds Jordi Alba on the overlap, the Spanish full-back has the composure to hold off an early cross before finding an unmarked Messi on the edge.
Inches away from beating Alisson.
The Liverpool midfielder produces a crunching challenge on Luis Suarez that has been well received by the home fans – not so much the referee.
Fabinho needs to find some composure because he looks like a man with his emotions on the edge tonight.
Last thing Liverpool need is to go down to 10 men…
11min: Liverpool supporters are screaming for a penalty as Sadio Mane bursts past Sergi Roberto before hitting the deck.
It brushed past him with so much ease it is scary but that’s not a penalty for me. Would have been very, very soft.
Big decision but referee got that right.
7min: Well, well, well… you have to say they have deserved that and what a moment for Divock Origi!
Anfield has exploded into life after that one as a mistake from Jordi Alba saw Jordan Henderson surge into the area, get a shot away and the save from Ter Stegen could only fall to an unmarked Origi four yards out.
They needed an early goal and they have it. Head in hands for some of the Barcelona players but a long way to go yet.
5min: Ernesto Valverde won’t have seen anything so far that he wouldn’t have expected.
Liverpool are trying to start on the front foot, firmly on the accelerator but they need to do more in and around the penalty area to trouble this slick and sophisticated Barcelona team.
Huge cheers every time Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez get a touch or pass wrong but one goal from the visitors will turn Anfield silent.
Patience is the key for Valverde and Co.
2min: A huge cheer from the home crowd after Fabinho and Andy Robertson combine to halt a surging counter-attack from Lionel Messi.
The Reds then launch their own counter-attack as they expose Barcelona down the left and Xherdan Shaqiri’s scuffed shot inside the area was almost met by Jordan Henderson at the back post.
Agonisingly close to an early opener!
Barcelona get us underway!
Players have emerged to a huge roar from the supporters and as Lionel Messi leads Barcelona out, it is all smiles from the Catalans squad suggesting their are relishing the occasion.
Almost there now… what a huge night of European Cup action. It is history or heartache for the Reds tonight as the observe the Champions League anthem.
Just a matter of minutes away from getting underway at Anfield and you sense that the magnitude of the game is not lost on anyone tonight.
You’ll Never Walk Alone is ringing around the ground now as the Liverpool supporters are in fine voice. Goosebumps stuff once again as the Kop unite together.
For Barcelona the job is simple: get an early goal and kill the atmosphere and the tie in one fell swoop.
Plenty of superstars but who will step up to take centre stage?
Jurgen Klopp to BT Sport: We start with 11 players and that is good. That’s how it is. We have tried everything to tune them as good as possible and get them playing the best football they can play. We are here, we have qualified and we really want to give it a try.
(Shaqiri) That’s how it is with offensive players. He will be in the half spaces but the positions I give to the players mainly when they need to be organised is when Barcelona have the ball. We have to be fluid in our movement. Good crosses, good set-pieces and good finishes so I am happy for the boys to get an opportunity.
There is a carnival atmosphere in the away end as the Barcelona players are out to undertake their warm-ups.
Many of those inside Anfield tonight are already looking ahead to that June 1 final in Madrid.
Is that dangerous or is their spot in the final signed, sealed and delivered?
Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin‘ playing over the Anfield speakers right now and that right there is why the person in charge of the playlist needs a raise.
All the song choices geared up to represent belief and fightbacks…
Now 30 minutes to kick-off and fans are swiftly assuming their seats inside Anfield.
It has all the hallmarks of a classic occasion this evening and those are starting to rack up under the lights at Anfield.
Borrusia Dortmund and Olympiacos soon learned that…
LUKE AUGUSTUS: Liverpool know they face a huge task in turning around their Champions League deficit on Tuesday night and who they have to stop if they are to have any hope of reaching the final next month.
The Reds trail 3-0 to Barcelona after a first leg that saw Lionel Messi stamp his class with a brace – despite a bright team display from the Premier League outfit.
Tuesday’s return leg at Anfield will just be Messi’s second-ever competitive match at Liverpool’s iconic ground.
FULL STORY HERE.
Liverpool’s odds of rolling Barcelona over and reaching the Champions League final may be slim – but there is still hope, according to stats revealed by football forecasting experts at StarSpreads.com.
While Liverpool’s chances of reaching the final stand at a mere five per cent, the stats do give them hope.
Barca have won away just ONCE in the latter stages of the competition since 2016, with defeats in that time including a 3-0 stuffing against Juventus and Roma and a 4-0 thrashing away at PSG.
The spread betting experts also make Jurgen Klopp’s side slight favourites for the match with a 40 per cent chance of victory – and also predict there will be exactly three goals in the match, which could take it to extra time should the Reds net all three and give them a chance of a historic turnaround.
Liverpool are devastating on home soil in Europe, with SEVEN of their last 10 Champions League home wins have seeing score three or more – while they have kept four cleans sheets in their last six home games – scoring four or more in three of those games.
Lovely touch from the visitors at Anfield pre-match.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu put down a tribute at the club’s Hillsborough memorial on behalf of everyone at the Spanish giants.
Small gesture but a classy touch from Barcelona.
After going toe-to-toe with Barcelona, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is now ready to try the element of surprise
DOMINIC KING: It is in these situations, when the odds seem insurmountable, that Anfield looks to its past for inspiration and seeks reassurance that all is not lost.
Whenever Liverpool return home with a deficit to retrieve, nights with Saint Etienne, Auxerre, Chelsea, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund are recalled but those who submerge themselves in history ahead of Barcelona’s visit will not find Jurgen Klopp doing likewise.
Liverpool’s manager was central to one of those dramas, the Europa League quarter-final against his old club in April 2016, but that match will not feature in the narrative he presents before kick-off to his players. The name of Dortmund, however, will be central to the plot.
FULL STORY HERE.
Who knew Barcelona’s entourage was so big?
PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: Barcelona’s 3-0 first leg win at the Nou Camp did nothing to reduce the demand among the club’s staff to be at Anfield on Wednesday night with a huge entourage of 160 in Liverpool for the game.
The Catalan club say such a big travelling staff is normal for Champions League games with players, coaching staff, directors, club media, club employees, executives, invited guests and some family members making the trip on Monday lunchtime.
Some Liverpool supporters lined the entrance to the city’s Hilton hotel where the travelling party and team stayed on Monday night as former favourite Luis Suarez returned to the city.
FULL STORY HERE.
Close to an hour until we hear the referee’s whistle to signal kick-off at Anfield and the atmosphere is already at fever-pitch with cheery-red flares filling the sky on Merseyside.
Crowds have arrived early in good numbers to the ground and are looking to make it as hostile and intimidating as possible for Barcelona in a bid to knock Lionel Messi and Co from their stride.
Will it work? Get back to me in a couple of hours…
With injuries forcing his hand, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is hoping Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi can provide the attacking impetus in the absence of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Elsewhere, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez provide defensive cover on the bench while talented teenager Rhian Brewster has earned a place alongside them.
There is no room in the matchday squad for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who misses out with a ‘slight muscle strain’ according to the club. He underwent an individual training session on Monday in a bid to shake his niggle off.
No surprises here as Barcelona select their strongest line-up available.
Ernesto Valverde is wary of complacency setting in against a side that reached the Champions League final last year.
All eyes will be on Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho for the visitors.
PETER RUTZLER: Liverpool supporters set off fireworks outside Barcelona’s team hotel ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash on Tuesday night.
The Reds face a mammoth task to overturn a 3-0 deficit after suffering a heavy defeat in the Nou Camp last week, but it appears fans have taken matters into their own hands to help find any possible advantage.
A video has emerged on social media of fans setting off fireworks opposite the Hilton hotel in Liverpool city centre on Monday night.
FULL STORY HERE.
Huge cheers for Ernesto Valverde’s players as they left the Hilton hotel in Liverpool city centre in their grey club suits earlier on.
They don’t look panicked, do they? They do hold a 3-0 lead and have just wrapped up their domestic title and so at this point, panic is probably not in the players’ lexicon.
DOMINIC KING: Mohamed Salah is out of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final after he was concussed during his side’s win at Newcastle.
Liverpool’s leading scorer was flattened by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in an accidental collision and must now sit out his team’s attempt to retrieve a three-goal first leg deficit against Barcelona.
FA and Premier League guidelines stipulate that Salah must serve a mandatory six-day break from football, so he should be able to return for the final match of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, reported him to be ‘fine’.
It is a huge blow to Klopp given he goes into the match already without Naby Keita and striker Roberto Firmino.
FULL STORY HERE.
Barcelona is full of superstar names but there are a couple of players in action tonight who have pulled on the shirts for both clubs.
Luis Suarez, who was criticised by Liverpool fans for his celebration in the first leg, is one and Philippe Coutinho is another.
Former Liverpool frontman Suarez is 6/1 to open the scoring tonight, according to W2.bet, while Coutinho is out at 12/1 to break the deadlock against his former club.
If you fancy Lionel Messi to go one better than his last two Champions League braces against Manchester United and Liverpool, he is 28/1 to bag a hat trick, which would make him the sole record holder in that department.
The Argentine is currently joint on eight with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool have the chance to create history against Barcelona tonight
MARTIN KEOWN: This Liverpool squad have made a habit of digging deep this season. They’ve done it throughout 2018-19, including scoring 14 goals in the 85th minute or later.
They refuse to be written off, and their latest late strike came at Newcastle with Divock Origi heading home the winner to keep them in the Premier League title race.
Now they’ve got another big challenge ahead of them — turning around this 3-0 deficit against Barcelona.
READ MARTIN’S THOUGHTS IN FULL HERE.
In a nutshell: not great for Liverpool.
They actually played well for large spells at the Nou Camp before Lionel Messi turned on the style to grab a brace, adding to Luis Suarez’s opener.
I know it is painful for Liverpool fans to relive the defeat in Spain but you should watch back for Messi’s free-kick alone. WOW.
Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s comprehensive coverage of Liverpool’s visit of Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The La Liga champions are overwhelming favourites, naturally, after a 3-0 win in the first leg. But back at Anfield, there is a hope that the atmosphere can make anything possible.
Paris Saint-Germain learned the hard way of how dramatic reversals are possible when Barcelona came back from 4-0 down in the first leg to win the second 6-1 on home soil!
Stick with me for the next few hours as I bring you all the action, all the analysis and hopefully all the drama. Kick-off at Anfield is 8pm BST.
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