Charlie Nicholas makes Barcelona v Liverpool prediction ahead of Champions League semi-final

first_img‘When you go and attack teams, Liverpool’s weakness, if there is a weakness, is their midfield. The instinct here is to say lots of goals.‘The defensive qualities of both teams have improved, so Liverpool will have to be patient, they are quite good at doing that.‘That said, I fancy Luis Suarez to get his first goal of the campaign against his old team to leave the tie wide open for the second leg. Barcelona 2-1.’Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, admits a draw would ‘not be the worst result’ for the Reds at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Comment Advertisement Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face Barcelona in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Barcelona will edge the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.The Reds, currently second in the Premier League, take on a Barcelona side that clinched a 26th La Liga title over the weekend.Ernesto Valverde’s side progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate, while Liverpool proved too strong for Porto in the last-eight.Arsenal hero Nicholas says the semi-final is a ’50-50 tie’ but believes Barcelona will travel to Anfield next week with a narrow advantage.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘We are into the Hollywood part of the tournament now, and these two will be favourites to lift the trophy whoever reaches the final.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Barcelona clinched the title and Lionel Messi scored in a 30-minute cameo and was, crucially, rested.‘When you hear Messi speak about individual things you know he means business, and he has come out and said he wants the Champions League in his locker once more.‘This is a 50/50 tie in my eyes, though. When you go to the Camp Nou, you have to be cautious.⚡️ Tomorrow night’s stage ⚡️— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 30, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Apr 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link157Sharescenter_img Barcelona clinched the La Liga title over the weekend (Picture: Getty)‘A draw would not be the worst result in the world tomorrow,’ he said. ‘So many people came to play Barcelona and had a plan and then they got a proper knock.‘We saw the game against Real Sociedad, they did well, Levante did well, but Barcelona won.‘It’s not only about [Lionel] Messi. They have the highest quality team. They are already champions.‘Messi said before the season he wants to bring back this cup and that sounds like a threat to all of us! But we want to go to the final as well.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Charlie Nicholas makes Barcelona v Liverpool prediction ahead of Champions League semi-final Advertisementlast_img

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