Klopp: Liverpool need miracle to knock out Barca

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said on Monday that he hopes for a comeback in their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona at home, despite the absence of strikers Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah due to injuries.

Liverpool need a minor miracle to book their second final appearance in a year after losing the semifinal first leg 3-0 in the Camp Nou last Wednesday, but Klopp said he still expects a special night in Anfield.

"I would imagine that the players will be rocking before we score... That's what I expect," he said, before accepting that if Barca net an away goal, it will leave Liverpool with a mountain to climb.

"We not only have to score, but we have to deny Barcelona from scoring, and it doesn't happen too often that Barcelona don't score at all. We know how big the challenge is," he said.

The Liverpool boss said his players should take the game step by step and that "nobody should think about scoring in the first 10 minutes, the last five minutes are enough to score three goals."

"Let's give it a try, that's how we always did it and that's what we will do again," he said.

Liverpool will be without Egyptian striker Salah, who was carried off with a head injury during Liverpool's 3-2 win over Newcastle United on Saturday night, while Firmino misses out with a groin injury.

"Two of the world's best strikers are not available tomorrow night, and we have to score at least three goals against Barcelona, but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch, we will try," he said.

"It's likely and it's possible that it will be the last Champions League game for this campaign, so let's celebrate it with our legs, with our lungs, with good decisions, with sensational atmosphere and all that stuff, and we'll see what's out there," concluded Klopp. 

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