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LIVE: Barcelona vs Liverpool – Suarez fires Catalans in front against his old club in Champions League semi-final first leg

Barcelona vs Liverpool – Champions League semi-final: LIVE score, lineups and updates

HT: Temperatures are rising. Suarez is ratting at every Liverpool player. He’s the difference between the teams with a cute finish after a wonderful ball from Alba. Liverpool have carried a threat but Wijnaldum has struggled as the front man. Mane fluffed their best chance following a wonderful ball from Henderson – who replaced the injured Keita. Still life in this one. See you in 15.

Barcelona host Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night, and Ernesto Valverde has caused a surprise by selecting Arturo Vidal in his starting line-up.Elsewhere in the XI, Sergi Roberto has got the nod ahead of Nelson Semedo, while Philippe Coutinho has retained his place in attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Liverpool, however, are unable to start Roberto Firmino in attack after his injury, with the Brazilian only fit enough for the bench.The match will kick off 8pm at the Camp Nou, with Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers in charge of proceedings.

 

Barcelona‘s line-up: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona‘s bench: Jasper Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Arthur, Carles Alena, Malcom, Ousmane Dembele.

Liverpool‘s line-up: Alisson Becker; Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson; Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane.

Liverpool‘s bench: Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino.

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