Champions League: All hope not lost for Liverpool against Barca — Klopp

Posted by News Express | 7 May 2019 | 656 times

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•Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Despite a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in their Champions League manager Jurgen Klopp remains confident that emerge from tonight’s second leg at Anfiled to reach a ninth European Cup final.

In what is a further blow, the Reds are without injured forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Even so, Klopp said during a pre-match press conference: “We are far away from giving up. There is hope.

“If there is an opportunity to go to the next round, we have to try.”

A BBC report quoted the German as adding: “We want to celebrate the Champions League campaign, either with a proper finish or another goal.

“If we can do it, wonderful, and if not then fail in the most beautiful way, if you want, with a close result.”

Two goals from Lionel Messi and another from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez saw Barca home in last week’s first leg at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona threw away a three-goal lead to lose at Roma in last season’s quarter-finals – but at the weekend the already-crowned Spanish champions had the luxury of resting all 11 players who played last Wednesday for the defeat to Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Liverpool are looking to become only the third team in the history of the European Cup or Champions League to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and progress to the final, after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona themselves in 1985-86.

“Tuesday night will be the third game in six days and Barcelona changed 11 positions on Saturday, so that is a massive difference as well, of course,” Klopp said.

“Together with our supporters it was a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer.

“If not, these are the last two home games of an incredible season.

“I think we should celebrate that with a good performance on the pitch and a very good performance in the stands. That would be really nice.”

Source: News Express

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