Liverpool will be without two of their prolific attacking trident

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino out for the home team.

Liverpool will be without two of their prolific attacking trident as they look to overturn a 3-0 deficit at Anfield.

Sadio Mané v Marc-André ter Stegen: With Salah and Firmino absent, Mané’s goalscoring and dynamism take on even more importance for Liverpool. The Senegal forward boasts 11 goals in his last 11 Anfield outings and, having witnessed him at close quarters last week, Ter Stegen knows what he’s dealing with. The German produced a string of excellent saves at the start of the second period to preserve Barcelona’s first-leg lead; how he stands up to the anticipated early barrage on Merseyside will go a long way to deciding the second leg.

It would be doing Jürgen Klopp’s side a major disservice to claim that their hopes of reaching the final rested on the recovery of Mohamed Salah, but the absence of both the Egyptian and Roberto Firmino through injury makes what was already a difficult task even more challenging. The Anfield crowd will be a key factor, though. If Barcelona fail to silence the home fans early on it could be an uncomfortable evening for the Liga champions.

After last week’s game, players trooped into the post-match interview area at the Camp Nou, Liverpool’s a little bewildered but definitely not broken, Barcelona’s proud but definitely not thinking the job was done. Ernesto Valverde’s side are hard-working and pragmatic, so it’s tough to see them not edging their way through this Anfield test, probably with four in midfield. Take it from me, they arrive in Liverpool very much believing that they will need to score – and with their perpetual intention to win. said Graham Hunter, Barcelona

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