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Predicted Liverpool starting XI to face Barcelona

Jurgen Klopp will need to be quite creative with the approach he takes in his team selection as key absentees will make overcoming a 3-0 deficit all the more difficult.

Liverpool need to score four goals without reply against Barcelona to progress to the final of the Champions League.

It’s a huge ask but there are very few clubs better than Liverpool at staging European upsets.

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Alisson will start in goal and will need to be at his best to help give his side a chance. Lionel Messi beat him with an incredible free kick in the first leg but there was nothing he could do to stop it.

Virgil van Dijk needs to be better in the second leg after he was left watching the ball for Messi’s first goal at Camp Nou. Alongside him will start Joel Matip while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will flank the central defenders.

In front of them, Fabinho will need to anchor the midfield on his own while Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson will need to provide extra bodies in the box.

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Beyond the midfield, things get a bit trickier for Liverpool. Sadio Mane must start as the conventional centre forward while the Reds hero from Saturday Divock Origi should start on the left wing.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who assisted the winner against the Magpies, will be Klopp’s best option on the right. His ability to create chances and score goals from range could prove key when Barcelona visit Anfield this evening.

If Klopp’s side can somehow do the impossible, this season could go from heartbreaking to one of the best in recent memory.

Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Trent, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Mane, Shaqiri.

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