Barcelona are concerned about referee Bjorn Kuiper, according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim that the Dutch official will allow Liverpool to be overly physical against them.
Fans from both teams will be desperate to win the Champions League this year but only one side can progress to the final.
A report from Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Barcelona are worried about referee Bjorn Kuiper being allowed to take charge of the semifinal at Camp Nou tomorrow evening.
They describe him as “permissive” and use a Champions League encounter with Juventus in 2017 as cause for concern.
Apparently, the Dutchman allowed a very physical game of football to be played at the Camp Nou in 2017.
Kuiper allegedly oversaw a game against Barcelona in which Messi was fouled badly by Miralem Pjanic and didn’t receive a yellow while Dani Alves and Higuain were apparently not punished for similar transgressions.
For Liverpool, they won’t be overly concerned about the referee and will hope that the referee allows a more physical and feisty encounter as that will be crucial to stopping Barcelona’s flow.
Klopp will have been plotting on how to force Barcelona into making errors as they will look to play through Liverpool from the back.
Bayern Munich tried to penetrate the Reds with snappy passing at the back but Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah suffocated them at the top of the pitch.
Naby Keita was also crucial in adding a four man to the high press up front and for this reason alone could be crucial to securing a first leg victory over the Catalonians.
The Guinean has come a long way in the last few months under Klopp and could be the key to sending Liverpool into their second Champions League final in two years.
Beating Barcelona will require Klopp’s tactics and starting line-up to be spot on.
Given how the German has shown this season that he can tailor his tactics for each game, he will feel confident that he can out-think Ernesto Valverde and outplay Barcelona.