Champions League 2018-19: 3 reasons why FC Barcelona will defeat Liverpool
Following a heart-rending defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League final last season, Liverpool will take on Los Blancos' eternal rivals, FC Barcelona, in their bid to secure a place in this season's final at the Wanda Metropolitano.
A shoulder injury sustained by Mohamed Salah early in the game followed by a horrific goalkeeping display from Loris Karius saw the Reds losing the final with a 3-1 margin. Karim Benzema capitalized on a Karius blunder as Gareth Bale scored twice later in the game to seal the win for the European giants.
However, Jurgen Klopp's men have come strong this season, reaching the semi-final with no trouble. Though, they now face an arduous task of locking horns with reigning Spanish champions, FC Barcelona.
The Catalans knocked Manchester United out of the quarter-finals as they reached the semi-finals for the first time in the past four years. On the other hand, The Reds demolished Portuguese outfit, FC Porto, with an aggregate score of 6-1. Jurgen Klopp's men have lost three matches in their course to the semi-finals while their opponents have been unbeatable until now.
Let's take a look at three reasons why FC Barcelona will beat Liverpool to book a place in the Champions League final in Madrid:
#3 Threatening attack
One of the biggest reasons for FC Barcelona's domination in the Champions League this season has been their exploits in front of the goal. Maintaining a flawless record in the tournament this term, the Blaugrana have scored a total of 23 goals, speaking of which Ernesto Valverde's men have found the back of the net 9 times in the knock-out stage itself.
Liverpool, who themselves are home to some of the best forwards in the world, have scored a total of 18 goals in the tournament but have failed to impress in several games including the 2-0 defeat at the hands of minnows, Red Star.
Philippe Coutinho has been alive and kicking since the last month which leaves a threat for his former side who'd be wary of the Brazilian playmaker. Virgil Van Dijk and company would be put to a test as they face the unstoppable Lionel Messi and co. away from home.