Liverpool can turn to Barca for support as Klopp attempts impossible

Liverpool train ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Liverpool will require a performance akin to their infamous 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in 2019 if they are to overcome Real Madrid on Wednesday. The Reds seemed destined to crash out of the Champions League after a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou two weeks earlier but staged a remarkable comeback at Anfield to advance to the 2018-19 final. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side find themselves in a similar predicament this season. Liverpool were blown away by Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie. 

Having led 2-0 at Anfield, the Premier League side crumbled and lost 5-2. It leaves Liverpool needing to win by a four-goal margin at the Bernabeu to revive their European hopes.

History suggests Liverpool are more than capable of doing exactly that. Four years ago, the Reds stunned a Barcelona side that presumed it already had one foot in the final. 

Liverpool had been dismal at Camp Nou and were easily beaten by a rampant Barca team. Former striker Luis Suarez struck once and Lionel Messi bagged a brace, including a stunning curling free-kick that left goalkeeper Alisson with no chance. 

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But Barca were met by a raucous atmosphere at Anfield which helped to haul Liverpool back into the tie. The Reds’ job had been made even harder as they were without star attacking duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. 

Divock Origi wrote his name in club folklore with a brace, while Giorginio Wijnaldum also scored twice. The victory put Liverpool into the final of the Champions League that season. 

Liverpool were full-throttle against Barca and strangled their opponents with a highly energetic performance. Klopp and his staff must get a similar display out of his players this week, especially after such a dismal outing in their 1-0 defeat at lowly Bournemouth. 

And it went on to be a successful year for the club. They beat Tottenham in an all-Premier League final in Madrid, with Salah and Origi both scoring against a lacklustre Spurs team. 

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It was the only trophy Liverpool won that season. They came second in the Premier League behind Manchester City. 

Of course, the return leg of the Madrid tie will take place in Spain and there will be no incredible atmosphere spurring Liverpool on. But the Champions League remains their only chance of winning silverware this season and it is a game they must win. 

Despite a recent upturn in form, they are sixth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the EFL and FA Cups. Klopp will hope that his side can repeat the remarkable comeback from four years ago in their mammoth test against Madrid. 

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