Man City star boldly claims Liverpool can beat Barcelona 4-0

Date published: Tuesday 7th May 2019 11:25

Ilkay Gundogan insists Barcelona would be foolish to turn up at Liverpool thinking they were already in the Champions League final and claims Jurgen Klopp’s side are more than capable of beating them 4-0.

The Reds trail 3-0 following the first leg of their Champions League semi-final following a Lionel Messi masterclass and are huge underdogs to turn the tie around and reach the Wanda Metropolitano showpiece. You can read here what Klopp told Messi in the immediate aftermath of last week’s clash at the Nou Camp.

Liverpool go into the match without the services of star men Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – meaning teenage star Rhian Brewster is set for a long-awaited Reds debut on one of the biggest stages.

But despite having the odds stacked against them, Gundogan – who played under Klopp during their time together at Borussia Dortmund – insists the tie is far from over.

“I’ve already thought about it and somehow I have the feeling that it’s not over yet,” he told German outlet DAZN.

“I can even imagine Liverpool winning the game 4-0 at home. I don’t know why, but I think that at Anfield, and Klopp as a motivational machine and with the types of players that are very unpleasant to play against, even a team like Barca can be completely shut down in one game.”

The views of the City midfielder appear to echo the warning sent out by Ernesto Valverde during his press conference on Monday evening.

Klopp bought Gundogan to Dortmund from Nurnberg and the duo won the German league and cup double back in 2011/12 – the last time Klopp tasted title glory.

And Klopp’s chances of ending that wait now rest on City slipping up in the final match of the season at Brighton and Liverpool claiming victory at home over Wolves; either way, either City or Liverpool will end the campaign as the most unfortunate Premier League runners-up in history.

 

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