Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have both been ruled out of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona.
<p>Brazilian forward Firmino was only fit enough for a place on the bench in the first leg and a muscle injury will keep him out of Tuesday night’s game at Anfield. Salah was stretchered off the pitch after banging in a late winner in Liverpool’s game against Newcastle on Friday night and he is still suffering from concussion. The Reds trail 3-0 on aggregate following a Lionel Messi masterclass in the first leg and the task looks insurmountable without two of their best players.</p><p>“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “It doesn't make life easier but we will try for 90 minutes to celebrate the Champions League campaign to give it a proper finish. That's the plan. If we can do it, wonderful. If we can't do it, let's fail in the most beautiful way.”</p><p>That leaves just Sadio Mane left of Liverpool’s feared attacking triumvirate, and Klopp will have to turn to the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi. Barcelona draw no bet might now appeal at even money (2.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Unibet</a> and 111/100 (2.11) with Marathon now that Liverpool’s attack will be so blunted.</p><p>There is no actual incentive for Barcelona to win, as a draw or a narrow defeat would see them though. However, they sat back and soaked up pressure when they enjoyed a three-goal aggregate lead over Roma in last season’s Champions League and ended up suffering elimination, so they really should try to win this game.</p>