Former Spanish midfielder Xavi feels that Sadio Mane will be the English team’s main weapon against the Catalonian outfit.
Barcelona host Liverpool tonight, in what could be an epic UEFA Champions League encounter at the Camp Nou.
Ahead of the first leg, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told to The Telegraph that Jurgen Klopp’s comment about Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho were completely wrong.
The German gaffer tagged the duo as two Anfield legends, which has irritated Carragher. He stated, “They will not get an especially hostile reception but Klopp made a rare error when he stated they are two ‘Anfield legends’.”
The Englishman added, “They are not. Liverpool have too many players with titles and European Cup medals in their legends suite to allow entry for those who did not replicate those achievements. Where they stand in Liverpool history is because they left without dedicating their peak years to the trophy pursuit.”
Before his arrival to Barcelona, Coutinho had an erratic career at the Premier League. Playing for the Reds, the Brazilian made 151 appearances for them, without winning any trophy. Also, Suarez 110 appearances for Liverpool and scored 69 goals, including winning a League Cup.
Meanwhile, Barcelona legend and former skipper Xavi Hernandez has gone to brand Sadio Mane as the most crucial player, whom the Spanish side will have to face. He feels that the likes of Jordi Alba will need to be at their best against the Senegal forward.
The 2010 World Cup winner said, “Alba has so much experience in big games for Barcelona and Spain and will need to use all that experience to keep Sadio Mane quiet.”
He further quipped, “He has been playing at the same level as Mo Salah this season – and his pace and his goalscoring ability makes him so dangerous.”
Mane has scored four goals in 10 2018-19 Champions League matches, and will be very crucial to his side’s hopes for a second consecutive UCL final.