Liverpool seeks to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-finals first leg deficit on Tuesday against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona without forwards Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino. The absence of the two most potent weapons leaves Jurgen Kloop’s side at a huge disadvantage in a match that is already a massive challenge, But defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says it will be a night for someone else to rise the occasion.
“Obviously we’ve got two of our main goal scorers out, but it also represent an opportunity for some of the other lads to come in, make name for themselves and make themselves heroes. If we do overturn the deficit tomorrow then whoever scores, their name will be remembered because am sure it’s one of those special nights. “He added”
Liverpool looks like ending the season empty-handed after Manchester City win Leicester 1-0 on Monday and which put them in a driving seat to regain their Premier League title on Sunday.
Liverpool boss hopes to have Salah back for the final League match against Wolves on Sunday. “It’s a concussion so that means he would not be allowed to play (on Tuesday), he feels ok but he is good enough from the medical point of view that is all. He’s desperate (to play) but we cannot do it.”
It is the second year running that Salah has suffered the cruellest of luck in the Champions League — in last season’s final he had to leave the field with an injured shoulder after he was wrestled to the ground by Sergio Ramos. Real Madrid went on to win 3-1.