Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has declared that his side are fully prepared for their Champions League clash with Barcelona.

The Reds face Barça tomorrow morning (AEST) at the Camp Nou in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

Klopp is aware of the danger that Messi and co. poses, however is confident that his side have what it takes to knock off the tournament favourites.

“Out of all the matches in the world, Barcelona is one of the toughest games to ever play,” he said.

“We don’t want to avoid difficult games because it means you play for something.

“Being perfect in this game is not possible, we will make mistakes. Will we suffer? Oh yes, 100%.

“Will there be moments when we have chances? 100%. Will we use them? I hope so. That’s what we try to do. We need to be completely free.”

Liverpool will be desperate to score an away goal, knowing that failure to do so will likely result in elimination.

Their away form this season has seen mixed results. They suffered defeats in all three group games to Napoli, Crvena zvezda and Paris Saint-Germain, before defeating Bayern Munich and Porto in the knockout stages.

Barcelona’s home form in the competition this season has been unprecedented, winning four games, drawing one and scoring a total of 15 goals.

Despite the challenge ahead, Klopp was thrilled that his side have once again reached this stage of the competition.

“We like the situation. The boys created that situation and now we are here, it’s wonderful,” he said.

“Two years ago it was a big, big thing for the club to qualify for the Champions League.

“Now for the second time in a row we are here in the semi-final, that’s big. It’s only positive and everybody sees it like that.”


Damon Palmar