Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is set to wear a “one-off” goalkeeper jersey in their Champions League semi-final clash against Barcelona.
The Catalan giants have put themselves in a commanding position – winning the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou – leaving Alisson and his teammates a tough job to do Tuesday night.
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- Liverpool lost 3-0 against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg last week.
- Two goals from Lionel Messi and a strike from former club favourite Luis Suarez sealed a commanding win for the La Liga champions.
- The Reds host the second leg Tuesday night knowing that they need at least four goals without reply to win the game in 90 minutes.
- Both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been ruled out of contention by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
- Alisson has played every minute of Champions League football this season.
With Barcelona in town, Merseyside is anticipating a tough nights work as they look to do the seemingly impossible and overturn a three-goal deficit to progress to the Champions League final next month.
Along with the absence of both Salah and Firmino, Liverpool have been enforced into making another change.
Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson will have to wear a “one-off” goalkeeper jersey due to the fact that all of the club’s regular ‘keeper strips all clash with the kits of both Barcelona and the match officials.
Liverpool released a statement via their official club website stating: “Liverpool will use a one-off goalkeeper shirt for tonight’s Champions League semi-final, second leg with Barcelona.
“Alisson Becker is set to sport an alloy-coloured jersey, produced by New Balance, for the Anfield affair due to the regular ‘keeper strips clashing with the kits of Barcelona and the match officials.”
However, Liverpool were quick to stress that this kit will not be for sale in any of the club’s shops and is a specific kit to be worn for Tuesday’s match only.
“However, supporters should note that this is a one-off shirt and will not be available for purchase.”
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Can Liverpool beat Barcelona?
In a word, yes.
Liverpool are more than capable of securing victory against Barcelona on Tuesday evening although whether they can do it by the margin needed is another question entirely.
A Champions League night at Anfield is enough to intimidate most European clubs but Barcelona are too experienced to let the Liverpool supporters divert them from their professional duties.
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The Reds will need to kick-on from the off and assert their dominance in a bid to earn themselves a place in their second successive Champions League final.
However, Barcelona will be ready to pounce if Liverpool leave any space at the back which they will undoubtedly do as they push forward in search of the goals they need.
Don’t be surprised if Liverpool seal a win but do be surprised if Jurgen Klopp’s side are smiling at the end of the festivities.