Liverpool likely line-up and team news for Barcelona with Salah and Firmino out of Champions League clash

LIVERPOOL have been dealt a cruel double blow in the build-up to their massive game with Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp has now revealed he will NOT have star duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino at his disposal.

Firmino missed the win over Newcastle with a muscle tear, while Salah was taken off on a stretcher after being clattered by Toon No1 Martin Dubravka.

Sadio Mane will now be the sole star man up front for Liverpool – who can consider themselves unfortunate to face a three-goal deficit.

The Reds dominated much of the 90 minutes at the Nou Camp, but are by no means the first team to be blown away by Lionel Messi's genius.

With a spot in the Champions League final at stake, Klopp may have to throw together a new makeshift front-line, having experimented with Georginio Wijnaldum up top in Spain.

This time around, it's likely Divock Origi will be called into a central striker position after his late heroics against Newcastle, heading home the winner in the 3-2 victory.

Xherdan Shaqiri could be deployed on the right-wing, having been played in a central midfield role for much of the season by Klopp.

However, the Reds could opt to start both Daniel Sturridge, who's struggled in Firmino's absence, and Origi with at least three goals required.

In midfield Klopp has almost a full crop to pick from, with only Adam Lallana and Naby Keita injured.

Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are likely to get the nod – but James Milner's experience could be called on in such a crunch game.

With Liverpool desperately chasing goals, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be called on to provide some pace and creativity after returning from injury.

Shaqiri could also start in central midfield, should Sturridge get the nod in one of the three attacking slots.

Alisson will start between the sticks, with Trent Alexander-Arnold likely to start at right-back, with fellow assist-king Andrew Robertson on the left.


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Both have been in inspired form creatively in recent weeks, but Joe Gomez was preferred at right-back for the first-leg in Barcelona.

Virgil van Dijk is an absolute certainty to start and have been easily Liverpool's best player this season with calm, commanding play.

Gomez, Joel Matip, and Dejan Lovren could be left fighting it out of the other central defensive slot.

Liverpool host Barcelona on Tuesday at 8pm as they look to put in another famous, miraculous European performance at Anfield.

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