Starting XI: How should Liverpool line up against Barcelona?

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Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi 

Let’s get the cliché out the way early; we need to score first.

Tonight’s game is one which will be decided in the first-half. Can we keep a clean sheet against Barcelona? It’s not the easiest task to do in football but Liverpool are capable.

We looked in control of the game in Spain, there were more than enough chances to score. 2-0 before the break would be ideal for the Reds, 1-0 would be manageable. Klopp’s side need to be leading one way or another.

And forget a nice reception for Coutinho and Suarez. There can’t be any respect for a man who faked an injury and paid part of his own fee to leave. Nor can we applaud the Uruguayan who wanted to join Arsenal and had no respect for the club who stuck by him. It’s not about his celebrations, it’s all the other things which opponents hated him for.

This is a Champions League semi-final, not a testimonial.

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Here’s how I think we should line up against Barcelona :

Trent comes into the side to suit our need for a more attacking style. There are some rumours regarding van Dijk, but it seems he will be available. Gomez should be ready to come in if not.

Ox comes into the side. While he won’t make the full 90, he can impact the game in the final third. Wijnaldum partners him in one of our more offensive looking midfields.

Divock Origi has earned the right to start. Mane moves central as the nine alongside Shaqiri on the right flank. It won’t be easy without Firmino and Salah, but we will go out fighting.

The odds are not in our favour, but one goal at a time, let’s see if Liverpool can make another memorable European night at Anfield.

Score Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 0 Barcelona

AET: Liverpool 4 – 0 Barcelona

Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi

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