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Thursday 17 October 2019

Robertson: Special things happen at Anfield but we need luck

Champions League semi-final: Liverpool (0) v Barcelona (3), Live RTE2/BT Sport 2 (KO 8.0)

Andy Robertson (l) knows what is required
Andy Robertson (l) knows what is required

Andy Robertson believes Liverpool have produce the perfect game if they are to turn around their Champions League semi-final tie against Barcelona.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg in the Nou Camp, Jurgen Klopp's side cannot realistically afford to concede an away goal as that would require them to score a near-impossible five times.

Nevertheless, full-back Robertson stressed they were far from ready to give up without taking the fight to their opponents and results this season, the latest a late win at Newcastle, have proved this team never knows when they are beaten.

"We need a perfect game with a bit of luck because I think they will be thinking if they get a goal it kills the tie," said the Scotland captain.

Different

"We always believe but 3-0 against Barcelona is a bit different to scoring a late goal because you are starting three goals behind.

"We will fight for everything, we won't give up and that's all we can do. It will be a hell of a task but there is still hope and where there is hope there is still a way in.

"Special things happen at Anfield and we're hoping for another special night. We'll give 100pc but we need a bit of luck as well."

Anfield is famous for its European nights and Robertson is hoping for another boost from fans.a

"It gives us a lift and it certainly has affected teams in the past," he added. "Barca are a different kettle of fish, I'm not sure it will affect them, but you saw last season it affected City when we beat them 3-0 (in their Champions League quarter-final), it affected Roma (who lost 5-2).

"Our home games have been really good so hopefully our fans will be at 100 per cent and hopefully we will be at 100 per cent as well and we can react off that."

Liverpool's difficult task against Barcelona got a whole lot harder after Mohamed Salah joined Roberto Firmino on the sidelines for their second leg at Anfield.

The Egypt international is suffering from concussion after being carried off at Newcastle on Saturday, meaning two of the Reds' feared front three - with 42 goals between them this season - will be absent as they seek to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Barca.

However, they have no option but to go for it and manager Jurgen Klopp - who confirmed Firmino would miss out with a muscle problem - has pledged that should their bid for a second successive Champions League final ultimately come up short they have to fail "in the most beautiful way", even if Salah's absence is a huge blow to their chances.

"It is a concussion and that means he will not even be allowed to play," Klopp said of his top scorer, whom he is confident will be available for the weekend. "He feels OK but that is not good enough from a medical point of view. He is desperate, but we cannot do it.

"The approach we will take is that we try to win the game, if that makes sense. But you cannot play against Barcelona and tell the world 'Watch this' and after 10 minutes we are level.

"You cannot win 3-0 in the first five minutes, even if you are 3-0 up, you haven't won it. We have to be ready to try for 95 minutes or even more.

"He feels OK but that is not good enough from a medical point of view. He is desperate, but we cannot do it.

"Two of the world's best strikers are not available tomorrow and we have to score four goals to go through in 90 minutes.

"It doesn't make life easier but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch, we will try."

Overturning a three-goal deficit against Barcelona is not unheard of as Roma did it in last season's quarter-finals.

Unlike Liverpool, though, they had an away goal from the Nou Camp, losing the first leg 4-1 but winning 3-0 in the Stadio Olimpico.

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