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      Pre-Match: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Wed 1st May 20:00KO

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      Swab
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #25: Apr 27, 2019 03:37:18 pm
      Could be right Swab. I also think there’s a chance we’ll see Milner to help out one of the fullbacks.

      Was thinking the same, and it's probably more likely to happen than the team I thought about, I just like Keita's ability to run the ball out, and commit opposition defenders.
      If I was forced to make a choice based on what I think will happen rather than what I would like to happen, then Milners experience would push him ahead of Keita I reckon.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #26: Apr 27, 2019 04:49:20 pm
      I also think there’s a chance we’ll see Milner to help out one of the fullbacks.
      Interesting thought about Milner.

      Rafa gave right-footed Arbeloa his first start at left-back against Barca in the Nou Camp 12 years ago. He reckoned a right-footer was best suited to curbing Messi's moves inside from wide on the right.

      Barca dominated for long spells but we came from behind to win 2-1. Riise scored the winner, having been pushed up to play on the left side of midfield.

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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #27: Apr 27, 2019 05:49:09 pm
      This is only if Firmino does not play and while I think Klopp will probably just go with a like for like switch with Origi coming in, I wouldn't mind seeing something along the lines of this:



      A few things to keep in mind when playing Barcelona:
      - Messi cutting in, obviously
      - One that many may forget: Jordi Alba on that left-hand side
      - Coutinho cutting in
      - Their high line

      As Swab said, we need to pack the middle. Keita has the pace over short distances to help out with Messi cutting in. Wijnaldum is probably one of our most intelligent players tactically. He also drops back to defend and help out Robertson. Might come as a surprise to many, but he has played there for us before. He could also switch with Keita, one of them can move to the #10 if needed. A lot of options to switch it around with that midfield. Mane on the right to take advantage of Alba's position that leaves that right-hand side wide open to attack. Henderson to help Trent out with covering that right halfspace where Coutinho/Dembele will operate.

      That team also has plenty of pace on the break and allows us to break forward with numbers, including Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, ... Who are all very good on the break. Also plenty of players on the pitch able to slow down the game and keep possession.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #28: Apr 27, 2019 06:04:54 pm
      This is only if Firmino does not play and while I think Klopp will probably just go with a like for like switch with Origi coming in, I wouldn't mind seeing something along the lines of this:



      A few things to keep in mind when playing Barcelona:
      - Messi cutting in, obviously
      - One that many may forget: Jordi Alba on that left-hand side
      - Coutinho cutting in
      - Their high line

      As Swab said, we need to pack the middle. Keita has the pace over short distances to help out with Messi cutting in. Wijnaldum is probably one of our most intelligent players tactically. He also drops back to defend and help out Robertson. Might come as a surprise to many, but he has played there for us before. He could also switch with Keita, one of them can move to the #10 if needed. A lot of options to switch it around with that midfield. Mane on the right to take advantage of Alba's position that leaves that right-hand side wide open to attack. Henderson to help Trent out with covering that right halfspace where Coutinho/Dembele will operate.

      That team also has plenty of pace on the break and allows us to break forward with numbers, including Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, ... Who are all very good on the break. Also plenty of players on the pitch able to slow down the game and keep possession.

      I see our left as both a threat (from Messi) but also as an opportunity, which is why I'd have Mane on that side; his defensive work has really come on this season, and he's got the vision, pace and skill to take advantage on that side.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #29: Apr 27, 2019 06:27:06 pm
      I see our left as both a threat (from Messi) but also as an opportunity, which is why I'd have Mane on that side; his defensive work has really come on this season, and he's got the vision, pace and skill to take advantage on that side.

      The best form of defence is attack, we need 3 proper attackers on the pitch so its between Shaq and Origi and I'd go with Shaq on the right, Mo in the middle and Mane on the left but have them interchange quite a lot.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #30: Apr 27, 2019 06:30:27 pm
      Don't rate origi or sturridge. Hopefully Bob be fit. Is lallana ever guna play again this season. Small minor muscle problem a month ago and he still not fit. So injury prone that guy
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #31: Apr 27, 2019 06:52:08 pm
      Messi and busquets rested tonight
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #32: Apr 27, 2019 08:43:38 pm
      If Bobby's not fit I think he'll play Mo up front with Milner wide on the right. Perfectly ok, and gives us a bit more protection in front of Trent, who's still a bit on and off defensively. So -

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      Trent   Matip   VVD     Robbo

           Hendo   Fab    Gini

      Milner        Mo           Sadio
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #33: Apr 28, 2019 12:16:31 am
      Origi on the left, Mané through the middle, Mo on right.

      This is plan B.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #34: Apr 28, 2019 01:28:03 am
      Bobby wouldn't miss this game!
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #35: Apr 28, 2019 02:05:13 am
      Can one of the usual Suspects please start a Match thread for the Barca game? Can't believe we don't have one yet!
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #36: Apr 28, 2019 06:24:01 am
      I would play like this:
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #37: Apr 28, 2019 07:20:18 am
      I would play like this:
      NB: Team no longer available

      This is exactly why we were after Fekir.. for that false 9 role when our outside forwards pull defenders wide. Naby playing there, I'm not sure. But would use the same personnel if Bobby cant play. As much as I would love to play Shaq as the right forward, Mo's pace against Lenglet-Alba could be crucial to open up spaces.

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      We did a brilliant job of cutting supply to Lewa at Munich and I think that's exactly what we'll try to do on Wednesday. Messi is an alien and can conjure spells throughout but we need to ensure he finds it difficult to receive the ball.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #38: Apr 28, 2019 07:46:20 am
      Can we play Lallana ? or is he injured again?
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #39: Apr 28, 2019 07:59:01 am
      Can we play Lallana ? or is he injured again?

      Why would we play him even if he was match fit? I'd much rather play Origi, Shaq or Keita.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #40: Apr 28, 2019 08:00:10 am
      I would play like this:
      NB: Team no longer available

      My thought exactly mate.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #41: Apr 28, 2019 08:30:21 am
      Massive game on Wednesday.

      Fabinho will be back after missing the Huddersfield game with concussion, but will Firmino, who has a ‘minor muscle issue’?

      Barcelona won the league after their 1-0 victory over Levante on Saturday, Messi scoring the goal.

      So they have full focus on the Champions League now.

      If Firmino is fit:

      Alisson

      Alexander-Arnold
      Matip
      Van Dijk
      Robertson

      Henderson (c)
      Fabinho
      Keita

      Salah
      Firmino
      Mane

      Subs:

      Mignolet; Lovren, Gomez; Wijnaldum, Milner; Shaqiri; Origi.

      If Firmino isn’t fit:

      Alisson

      Alexander-Arnold
      Matip
      Van Dijk
      Robertson

      Henderson (c)
      Fabinho
      Wijnaldum

      Salah
      Mane
      Keita

      Subs:

      Mignolet; Lovren, Gomez; Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri; Origi.

      Hard to see how this one is gonna go, but nothing seems to phase this team, I’m gonna go for a 1-1 draw with Mane grabbing our goal.

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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #42: Apr 28, 2019 08:38:39 am
      Massive game on Wednesday.

      Fabinho will be back after missing the Huddersfield game with concussion, but will Firmino, who has a ‘minor muscle issue’?

      Barcelona won the league after their 1-0 victory over Levante on Saturday, Messi scoring the goal.

      So they have full focus on the Champions League now.

      If Firmino is fit:

      Alisson

      Alexander-Arnold
      Matip
      Van Dijk
      Robertson

      Henderson (c)
      Fabinho
      Keita

      Salah
      Firmino
      Mane

      Subs:

      Mignolet; Lovren, Gomez; Wijnaldum, Milner; Shaqiri; Origi.

      If Firmino isn’t fit:

      Alisson

      Alexander-Arnold
      Matip
      Van Dijk
      Robertson

      Henderson (c)
      Fabinho
      Wijnaldum

      Salah
      Mane
      Keita

      Subs:

      Mignolet; Lovren, Gomez; Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri; Origi.

      Hard to see how this one is gonna go, but nothing seems to phase this team, I’m gonna go for a 1-1 draw with Mane grabbing our goal.



      As I said in another thread, that is the way I would play too but Keita after Mane and Salah.
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      Reply #43: Apr 28, 2019 09:08:24 am
      Can't wait to see them lining up for the CL tune, Messi, Cou, Suarez on one side, Mane, Salah, VVD et al on the other :)

               Alisson
      TAA Matip VVD Robbo
         Keita Fab Hendo
      Salah Mane Bob/Origi

      Best attacker/player in the world vs best defender.
      One team won their title, the other in the balance.
      Some old LFC players against their former side.
      Deffo the glamour tie.  Not nervous, just looking forward to a great 2 legs...
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #44: Apr 28, 2019 09:27:30 am
      I think Milner will play away from home and although it wont happen Gomez at RB . Trent has been struggling  lately certainly  in his own half and with Alba bombing down that side Gomez a better defender
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #45: Apr 28, 2019 09:32:00 am
      I think Milner will play away from home and although it wont happen Gomez at RB . Trent has been struggling  lately certainly  in his own half and with Alba bombing down that side Gomez a better defender

      Yes I'm also a bit nervous about Trent, he's not been at his best lately.

      I fancy us to get at least one goal in this game, just depends on how well our defence copes with their attack and vice versa.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #46: Apr 28, 2019 09:35:22 am
      I trust TAA 100% - this will be an awesome tie
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #47: Apr 28, 2019 10:02:26 am
      They don't come much bigger than this,  Barcelona FC at the Camp Nou, except if your playing Liverpool FC at Anfield, 

      As far as European prestige goes we are right up there in terms of European Royalty,  Nine finals we have graced coming out five times as Champions, a pedigree only surpassed/matched by Real Madrid,  AC Milan, and Bayern Munich,
      Barcelona despite all their pomp & circumstance cannot match us and they know it,
      Ppl will regard the Catalan giants as favourites, we as the underdogs and that suits us just fine, they may have their superstars in Messi & Suarez and can destroy most of their domestic opposition but facing us is a totally different kettle of fish altogether,

      They won't have come across a defensive unit like ours in La Liga nor in the CL either, so in essence its attack V defence the difference being our defence can and will cope, but the biggest question is, will theirs?
      And over both legs i believe they won't, if we can keep it tight going into the Anfield game we will win, simple as that, it could be anything,  1-1, 3-3, whatever,  a clean sheet though and you can put the Champagne on ice,.......

      ....for the Camp Nou leg....

                                   Alisson
              Milner   Matip  VvD  Robertson
                                   Fabinho
                 Henderson            Wijnaldom
                     Salah     Firmino     Mane

         Bench; Migs, Trent, Gomez, Keita, Origi, Shaqiri, Oxlade.

      I've stuck Milner in for his experience, young Trent will be a target and seen as vulnerable, Gini can break up play and provide , Fab & Hendo speak for themselves,  as do the fun boy three up top,
      Massive game this and a very tough one for them, for us, just another test to see how good we actually are.

      1-2 Mighty Redmen


      YNWA



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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #48: Apr 28, 2019 10:13:22 am
      These are the games players like Salah, VVD, Alisson and Mane joined us for. This is the pinnacle of a professional footballers career.

      They are going to go out there and enjoy themselves because Liverpool are not scared of anyone - it’s in the DNA of this club. A proper international football club that thrives on the biggest stage.

      Everyone around the world will tune in for this and they’re in for a treat.

      Can’t f**king wait.
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      Re: Barcelona v Liverpool Champions League Semi-Final Weds 1st May 20:00KO
      Reply #49: Apr 28, 2019 10:48:27 am
      If we can get a good result at camp nou then we have a superb chance of winning the CL this time

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