Valverde wary of ‘powerful’ Liverpool ahead of Champions League semis
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde expects a tough but attractive Champions League semi-final against the Premier League outfit
Ernesto Valverde has said he is wary of the “very powerful” Liverpool frontline ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final against the Premier League giants.
The reigning Spanish champions will meet Jurgen Klopp’s men in the last four next month, with the first leg to be played at Camp Nou on May, 1.
Barca are in control of La Liga’s title race, while Liverpool are fighting for the Premier League crown and were runners-up in Europe’s top club competition last season.
Valverde said Barca would be tested when the two cross swords in a few weeks, particularly by the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“Liverpool are a very powerful opponent. Offensive players have been showing their potential in the last two years,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“Last year they reached the final. This time they’re having a great tournament. They are also fighting in the Premier League.
“It’s a very attractive game for them, for us and for the public. It will be very hard, for them and for us.