Confirmed Lineups: Barcelona vs Liverpool
Liverpool are set to take on 2018-19 La Liga champions Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou this evening.
Jürgen Klopp has every reason to be confident in his side getting a result in Spain this evening and progressing to this season’s final.
Barcelona were able to rest some of their star players over the weekend, which included Lionel Messi only making a substitute appearance.
Here are the two confirmed lineups for this evening’s game:
Marc-André ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitić; Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Philippe Coutinho
Substitutes: Jasper Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Arthur, Malcom, Ousmane Dembélé, Carlos Alena
Former Liverpool favourites Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho are both named in the Barcelona starting lineup, alongside Lionel Messi in a front three.
Ernesto Valverde hasn’t thrown any surprises on us as he goes with the starting XI we predicted earlier today.
Alisson; Joe Gomez, Joël Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, James Milner, Naby Keïta, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané
Substitutes: Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi
Jürgen Klopp springs a few surprises in his starting lineup as it appears he’s switched from his regular 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 formation. Roberto Firmino is benched as Naby Keïta comes into midfield.
At right-back there is a start for the more defensive Joe Gomez, in place of the attacking Trent Alexander-Arnold. The German manager has Firmino, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri as attackers on the bench.
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