Even though the scoreboard showed 3-0 on after 90 minutes last week, it wasn’t all that obvious throughout the match that it would. Jurgen Klopp called the performance of his squad ‘the best European away game’ thus far this season, indicating how good Liverpool was. They just forgot to score; one or two opportunities definitely should have been converted to a goal. But no need to point out the obvious, Liverpool fans don’t need to be reminded. How different would the scenario be for tonight if they had scored? Even with what if’s and should haves aside, the prediction for tonight’s game based on odds are slightly in favor of Liverpool. To win tonights game that is. The odds of Liverpool going through to the finals are 10/1, indicating that not many believe they can beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield. Is there still hope for The Reds? What are the predictions of people that breath football?
Jose Mourinho: you now pay for the fact you didn’t score
‘Liverpool must have one of their best days in history to go through, but football is football’. With these words the Portugese coach sums up the chances for tonight, after elaborating on the fact that Liverpool played Klopp’s tactical plan almost perfectly but simply forgot to score. Of course there is Messi to punish this neglectance, but Barcelona has eleven good players. The ‘Special One’ highlights ter Steegen. The fact that Liverpool did not manage to score is also largely due to the Barcelona keeper. This is probably the reason why it will be so hard to score at least three goals tonight. He also highlighted Suarez, one of the reasons (with Messi) why it will be hard to keep the zero for Liverpool tonight. He has some positive last words for Klopp: ‘he knows he has a good team, he knows that if they fight everything can happen’.
The Press: Shame that Liverpool is handicapped
Liverpool needs goals, but their first selection of attack is mostly crippled. In just two days they lost Salah to a concussion and Firmino to a muscle injury. They will likely form the attack with Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mané or Daniel Sturridge. Not the names you usually want to see in the most important match of the season, but they could make themselves immortal. Keita was already a no go for the german manager after his injury last week, as is Adam Lalllana that remains sidelined. The English team had to give everything last sunday to get a victory of 3-2 over Newcastle United, meanwhile Messi was in the garden practicing against his kinds in the sun with a cocktail. The little big Argentinian player even posted a whole photoshoot online of how he was chilling. Mindgames: Messi 1 Liverpool 0.
Betting on Barcelona to go through to the finals isn’t really worth the bet. If Liverpool makes 2-0 in the first fifteen to twenty minutes, a live bet on the English going through probably is. Another interesting live bet could be to see who scores the first or the last goal. A bet that becomes more likely and founded once you’ve seen the first ten minutes of play. We think tomorrow’s Champions League game has much better odds for those who are looking for a pre-game bet. Our prediction on them you will read here tomorrow!