Messi and co. aren’t used to losing in their home, and it will certainly be a challenge for the Reds to bring a good result back to Anfield for next week. However, it’s hard not to believe that Liverpool are up to the challenge, like they have been at nearly every other point in this amazing season.
Asked about his feelings on heading into enemy territory on Wednesday, Klopp answered, “What can I say bad about this stadium? But it’s still a stadium where we want to play football and want to play good football – and, in an ideal world, the best football we are able to play.
“And that’s allowed, that’s why we try it. We play in stadiums like this. We never played here; we were here together watching a game two or three years ago when Barcelona played against Gladbach. In this game they didn’t play for the big stakes anymore – Barcelona were through and Gladbach were out – but it still was impressive. But of course we know that if you are in this part of the world it’s very emotional and the better we are, the more emotional the atmosphere will be. That’s how it is and it should be like that, we accept that.”
Liverpool and Barcelona are two of the most on-forms teams in the world at the moment. The idea of Salah and Messi facing off should be enough to make any football fan rub their hands in anticipation. Whatever the outcome, it should be an entertaining match up of world class talent on the biggest European stage.