Liverpool must play a perfect game if they are to overturn Barcelona’s 3-0 first leg lead in their Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield, manager Jurgen Klopp has stated.
Goals from Luis Suarez and a brace from Lionel Messi, handed the Catalan giants a comfortable win at Camp Nou to take a good advantage to the second leg.
The Reds have been dealt a blow with Mohamed Salah ruled out after suffering a concussion in Saturday’s vital Premier League win over Newcastle United, while Roberto Firmino will also be missing.
Klopp however called on Liverpool’s fans to create a “party” atmosphere to try and help the home team.
“It looks like you have to be perfect to beat them, so we should try that,” Klopp told the media ahead of the game on Tuesday.
“Do that step by step. Creating an atmosphere, using that atmosphere and celebrate the situation with good football and create a football party.
“It’s possible and it’s likely that it’s our last Champions League game for this campaign, so let’s celebrate it with our legs, with our lungs and we’ll see what the outcome is.
“I imagine the place will be rocking before we score. That’s what I expect. We don’t only have to score but we have to deny Barcelona from scoring and that doesn’t happen too often.
“We know about how big the challenge is, but this team is so wonderful. We will all try 100 per cent but that doesn’t mean it will work.
“That’s how we always did it and that’s what we will do again. Two of the best strikers in the world are not available and we have to score four goals.
“As long as we have 11 players on the pitch we will try to celebrate the Champions League campaign, either to give it a proper finish or another go.”