Liverpool will be invoking the spirit of AS Roma at Anfield tonight. Twelve months ago, the Italians left the Camp Nou with a three-goal deficit, but turned things around at home to progress into a semi final against Jurgen Klopp’s team. Unlike Roma, however, the Reds do not have an away goal to aid their cause – thanks in part to their own sloppy finishing, but also to the trailing leg of Ivan Rakitic.
Liverpool need at least three goals without reply just to force extra-time, with four the magic number if they even want to think about progressing in normal time. It’s about as tough a task as they could imagine, made tougher still by the absence of the injured Roberto Firmino and the concussed Mo Salah. Barcelona, meanwhile, should be able to field a full-strength team, with Lionel Messi (below) looking to add to his season-leading 12 tournament goals.