Ahead of the massive UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Barcelona and Liverpool on Wednesday, there is plenty of talk about how both teams will lineup.
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Jurgen Klopp may go for a slightly more conservative approach in midfield, while Ernesto Valverde could do the same. However, both managers will want to set the tone and with Barca at home it is expected that Coutinho, Suarez and Messi will all start.
Barcelona have some great options on the bench with Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto and Arturo Vidal among them, and Barca are likely to line up their most experienced group for this huge test as they aim to cope with Liverpool’s jet-fuelled offense.
As for Liverpool, it would not be a surprise to see the more defense-minded James Milner start in midfield ahead of Naby Keita considering Klopp knows they will be favorites for the second leg at Anfield and a draw is a decent result in the first leg. With Firmino struggling with an injury, the Brazilian forward didn’t play against Huddersfield on Friday but has trained ahead of the game in Barcelona. If Firmino isn’t fit, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri are ready to step up.
Below is a look at the projected lineups for both teams.
—– Ter Stegen —–
— Semedo — Pique — Lenglet — Alba —
—- Rakitic —- Busquets —- Arthur —-
—- Messi —- Suarez —- Coutinho —-
—– Alisson —–
— Alexander-Arnold — Lovren — Van Dijk — Robertson —
— Henderson — Wijnaldum — Milner —
— Salah — Firmino — Mane —