Liverpool have a mountain to climb as they host Barcelona in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at Anfield, tonight.
This will be the second meeting between the two sides in one week. In the last meeting, the Blaugrana got better of their opponents as they thrashed Liverpool 3-0 at Camp Nou.
This win of Barcelona has kept them in an advantageous position and the credit of it goes to Lionel Messi. The Argentine captain scored a brace that left Liverpool on the back foot in the first-leg.
The first goal was lucky as the ball came to Messi’s feet after rattling the crossbar and the winger just tipped it inside the back of the net. The second goal, on the other hand, was a pure beauty. The Argentine forward took a stunning free kick from thirty meters that ended in the left top corner of the goal. This was Messi’s 600th goal for Barcelona in all competitions.
As the two sides prepare to face each other once again, tonight. We have three points that can create a lot of effect in this crucial encounter. Following are the three things to look out for in tonight’s fixture:
3) Counter-attacking gameplay from the Blaugrana
In the first leg, Liverpool who dominated the game in terms of possession, but the game ended in the favor of Barcelona. The prime reason for it being the counter-attacking gameplay from the Blaugrana.
Whenever the Reds roster was charging on Barcelona for a goal. The Blaugrana players were just snatching away the ball from them and giving it to their forward players to create counter-attacking chances.
Liverpool have to score at least four goals and concede none in order to match their last year Champions League record. It is not going to be easy and we are expecting the Reds to play attacking football.
However, it might cost them because Barcelona will once again try to hit their opponents on the counter-attack. The Blaugrana forwards and midfield have a great pace and it will be hard for Liverpool to stop them if any such incident occurs on the pitch.