Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague has said that Liverpool have the quality within their ranks to overpower Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. The Reds are regarded as the underdogs heading into the double-legged tie but Balague has warned the Blaugrana that they cannot afford any defensive mistakes against the Merseyside giants.
Judging by their league proceedings, both teams have gone through similar seasons but the Reds have the slight advantage with the better defensive record. Nonetheless, they have the pressure of the Premier League title race on their shoulders while they compete with the Blaugrana and that could test their fitness levels during the course of the legs.
The Reds are currently one point behind leaders Manchester City at the current stage of the campaign and they require to maintain a perfect run through the remaining three matches, if they are to take advantage of any slip-up from the Citizens. In the Blaugrana’s case, they have no concerns of that sort and they could wrap up the La Liga title before the first leg. The Catalan giants are currently nine points ahead of Atletico Madrid and a victory over Levante this weekend would seal the title.