Jurgen Klopp’s side
Barca, meanwhile, secured the Spanish crown at the weekend and approach this match off the back of four successive wins in all competitions, including a thumping 3-0 home success over Manchester United that helped them to a 4-0 aggregate success in the previous round.
This has the makings of a classic, but who will come out on top?
|Game||Barcelona vs Liverpool|
|Date||Wednesday, May 1|
|Time||8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET|
|Stream ( |
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD and can be streamed via BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Cillessen|
|Defenders||Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Jordi Alba|
|Midfielders||Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Arthur, Alena|
|Forwards||Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, |
Naturally, they will deploy a full-strength side, meaning that Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets will be recalled after being benched at the weekend.
Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Messi, Suarez, Coutinho
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher|
|Defenders||Van Dijk, Moreno, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lovren, Robertson|
|Midfielders||Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain|
|Forwards||Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi, Brewster|
There have been doubts over Roberto Firmino, and the forward does not start on Wednesday
Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Mane
Betting & Match Odds
Barcelona are 9/10 favourites with bet365 to take an advantage into the second leg. A draw is priced at 11/4, while Liverpool
Barcelona’s meeting with Liverpool at Camp Nou on Wednesday in the Champions League semi-final first leg promises to be a memorable affair.
Certainly, these are the two teams of the remaining four with the richest recent history in the European Cup, with the Catalans having won three of the last 10 editions and Liverpool finalists last
Despite the Reds fighting on two fronts, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has predicted a tough match.
“Liverpool are a team with lots of good forwards. They have only lost one game [in the Premier League] this season against City, that shows how good they are,” he said.
“The idea is to win and to stop them from scoring an away goal. Liverpool
“It's very psychological the way they play. We saw that against Chelsea the other week [a 2-0 Premier League win at Anfield].
“In the first 15 minutes of each
Klopp, meanwhile, has made it his mission to stop Messi from claiming a fifth Champions League title .
“Messi said before the start of the season that they wanted to bring back this cup – that sounded already like a threat to me!” he said on Tuesday. “Now we are here, we want to go to the final as well.”
With 46 goals this season, the Argentine poses a unique problem to the English side, as their German boss admitted.
“It is not only about Messi, but it is about Messi of course,” he said. “Can we concentrate on Messi? We should, in certain moments.
“But then they have 10 world-class players around who can decide the game. They have the highest quality team, they are already Spanish champions.”
And the former Dortmund boss appreciates the South American so much that he openly backed him as the world’s standout player at present, surpassing even Cristiano Ronaldo.
“For me, from the players I've seen, Messi would be the number one, 100 per cent,” he said.
His task now, then, is to find a way not only of stopping the brilliant