Liverpool’s tactics against Barcelona become clear from one look at Jurgen Klopp’s European record.
The Liverpool boss has an incredible winning run since taking over at Anfield. Klopp has managed nine two-legged European ties and won every single one.
Clearly, Liverpool have little to fear as they head to Camp Nou. Barcelona may even be favourites over the tie but Liverpool always seem to prevail.
And from looking at Klopp’s record, you can see that the away games are key. Over those nine games, only one team has managed to score more than one goal when hosting Liverpool.
That’s truly fantastic. Even teams like Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich have failed.
AS Roma are the one anomaly. They managed four at the Stadio Olimpico last season, although there were arguably reasons for that.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury interrupted the flow of the team, as did Zeljko Buvac leaving the club. Then there is the fact that Liverpool won the first-leg 5-2.
In general, though, Liverpool don’t concede many at all away from home. It allows them to win the ties at home – especially when Villarreal are the only side to have scored without reply.
It makes Klopp’s tactics obvious for the clash against Barcelona on Wednesday. Low scoring, keep it tight; no one should expect a thrilling game but it could be the one that pushes Liverpool towards the Champions League final.