Liverpool midfielder James Milner has said that the team should be confident of beating Barcelona at the semi-final stage of the Champions League. The Reds secured their berth in the last four of the competition after beating Porto by a comfortable 6-1 scoreline and they are now scheduled to face the Blaugrana, who are regarded as the favourites to secure the European crown.
Speaking to BT Sport, Milner said that the Reds are capable of beating the Spanish champions but they can’t expect an easy challenge. He added that the Blaugrana may not be so familiar with their style of play and that could provide the edge in their quest to make the final of the competition for the second consecutive year.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes Liverpool have rode their luck in the Premier League over the past two months and they are now desperate to win the title. The Merseyside outfit are presently two points ahead of the Citizens on the table but Pep Guardiola’s side have the advantage of a game in hand to make up the deficit.
Speaking to Fanatik, the Germany international said that the Reds have been riding their luck in the past few months and this has kept them within the title race. He added that the Citizens still remain favourites to retain the English crown and he is confident that the club can win the remaining six games of the league campaign.
Liverpool favourite Luis Garcia has praised the performances of Virgil van Dijk for club and country during the course of the current campaign. The Netherlands international has been a revelation in the Reds backline in the ongoing season and he has helped them keep 17 clean sheets in the pursuit of a maiden Premier League title.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, the former Champions League winner raved about the Dutchman, who has been solid in the defensive line for both club and country this term. He added that the centre-back has the leadership qualities from the back and should prove essential to the Reds’ aim of securing their first-ever Premier League crown.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho believes the Reds must focus on a game-by-game basis rather than thinking about winning their maiden Premier League crown. The Merseyside giants have gone toe-to-toe with Manchester City for the top-flight title this term and they are currently behind the Citizens on goal difference at the top, though they have an extra game in hand.
Speaking to reporters, Fabinho acknowledged that the title pursuit remains a difficult task but he is confident that the Reds can prevail with the experience within the squad. He added that it is important to take game by game rather than concentrating on winning the title which may add the extra pressure on their shoulders.
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson believes Liverpool could find it hard to match Manchester City in the title race hereafter, given the reduced depth within the squad. The Citizens recently took the lead of the table on goal difference to Jurgen Klopp’s side although the latter have a game in hand to capitalise.
Still, Merson does not feel the Reds can match up to the Mancunian giants, given Pep Guardiola’s side can rotate the starting XI when required without necessary weakening the outlook of the team. The former Gunners ace added that the club may regret the loan departure of Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth given the other specialist right-backs Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are still on the sidelines.