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Betting Preview: Liverpool vs Barcelona: Stalemate Likely

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Premier League leaders Liverpool have their work cut out ahead of the Champions League clash with Spanish giants Barcelona on Tuesday night.

The Reds host Barcelona at Anfield in what’s the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie with the home side trailing 3-0 from the first leg at the Nou Camp last week Tuesday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his players are in pursuit of two major trophies this season but one could slip out of their hands if they don’t overturn the first leg deficit against Barcelona.

Klopp and his boys have to score three unreplied goals to force extra time and the task has been made more difficult following the news that two of the Reds’ famed forward trio will miss the game.

Both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will miss the game because of head and muscle injuries respectively.

Despite the injury setbacks, Liverpool are still the favourites to get a result in the second leg at the odds of 2.45 according to the betting tips from Surebet247.

Barcelona won the first leg convincingly in the end and they are backed for the same outcome of a win in the second leg with odds of 2.75 as revealed by Surebet247.

The possibility of a stalemate between the two sides is highly likely and it’s accompanied by odds of 3.65 according to Surebet247.

Barcelona are overwhelming favourites to qualify for the Champions League final ahead of Liverpool at the odds of 1.02 while the Reds have odds of 13.00.

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PSG Make Decision On Latest Barcelona Offer

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French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have made a decision on the latest offer from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona according to the latest reports from the media.

Barcelona have made several offers to re-sign Neymar and they have so far failed to lure him back to the Nou Camp.

According to ESPN, the latest Barcelona offer of a loan deal for Neymar with the option to buy him permanently at the end of the loan spell was turned down by PSG.

It was also revealed that PSG is adamant that only an offer of at least €222m would be enough to prise Neymar away from the club this summer.

Barcelona have less than two weeks to try and sign Neymar with the European transfer window scheduled to end on September 2.

PSG are skeptical that Barcelona won’t be able to raise the funds required to sign Neymar permanently for €222m if they decided to let him join the Spanish La Liga giants on a season-long loan deal with an option to sign him permanently afterwards.

Neymar has missed the start of the season as a result of an ankle injury sustained in the summer though he’s back in training with PSG.

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Jose Reveals Why Lionel Messi Is Not World’s Best Yet

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Former Real Madrid manager Jose Antonio Camacho has revealed that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi can’t be considered as the best player in the world until he wins the FIFA World Cup.

Jose Antonio Camacho talked about Lionel Messi during an interview with Spanish media outlet El Mundo.

According to him, the World Cup tournament is a big title for a footballing nation like Argentina and Lionel Messi must win it for him to be considered as the best player the world has ever seen.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded by a lot of people as the best player in the history of world football.

The Argentine international skipper came close to winning the World Cup title at the 2014 edition in Brazil before his team lost 1-0 to Germany.

The Germans won the game thanks to the extra time winner from substitute Mario Gotze off an assist from another substitute Andre Schurrle.

Lionel Messi has also reached the COPA America tournament on two occasions before they were beaten on penalties by Chile each time.

The Argentine has won five Ballon d’Or titles till date which is the same number won by his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

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Barcelona Star To Miss Five Weeks With Hamstring Injury

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Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out of action for five weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Spanish La Liga giants announced the injury to the Frenchman on Monday.

The new development is a big blow to Barcelona who started the season with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to hosts Athletic Bilbao.

Ousmane Dembele played the entire duration of that game against Athletic Bilbao.

The French international is in his third season at Barcelona and his time at the club has been characterized by various injury problems.

Dembele signed for Barcelona from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 following the exit of Neymar to French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Barcelona signed Ousmane Dembele as the direct replacement for Neymar who sealed a world-record transfer of €220m to PSG.

Dembele is the latest Barcelona attacker to be struck down with injury after the duo of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Messi missed the Athletic Bilbao game on Friday with a calf injury, while Luis Suarez was substituted in the first half of the match played at the San Mames.

Athletic Bilbao won the league game 1-0 courtesy the 89th-minute bicycle kick from second half substitute Aritz Aduriz.

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Money Liverpool Will Lose As Coutinho Joins Bayern Revealed

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Premier League giants Liverpool have also been affected by the Barcelona exit of former player Philippe Coutinho on Monday.

Brazilian international Coutinho became a Bayern player earlier in the week following his loan transfer from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.

According to the UL Mirror, his loan move to Bayern Munich has a big financial consequence on Liverpool whom he left to join Barcelona at the start of last year.

It was revealed that Liverpool will lose at least £23m because of the loan transfer from Barcelona to the Allianz Arena.

Philippe Coutinho became the most expensive Barcelona signing in January after he completed a £142m deal to the Nou Camp.

Barcelona paid £105m upfront plus £37m in add-ons.

Liverpool won’t get the majority of the add-ons from the transfer to Barcelona after Coutinho left the club to join the Bavarian giants on Monday.

The 27-year-old will wear the number 10 jersey at the Allianz Arena.

Philippe Coutinho will be the direct replacement for Real Madrid loanee James Rodriguez who spent two seasons at Bayern.

James Rodriguez left Real Madrid to join Bayern Munich on loan in the summer of 2017 and he went on to win two league titles for the Bavarian giants.

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Barcelona Confirm €8.5m Deal For Coutinho To Join New Club

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have confirmed the exit of midfielder Philippe Coutinho to German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

The announcement was made by the Spanish champions on Monday.

Coutinho will join Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal with the option for a permanent transfer.

Bayern will pay €8.5m for the loan deal and part with €120m if they want to make the loan deal a permanent one.

Philippe Coutinho will wear the number 10 jersey at his new club.

The former Liverpool star didn’t have the best of times at Barcelona.

He spent 18 months at the Nou Camp but the Brazilian international didn’t live up to his hefty price tag.

Philippe Coutinho is the most expensive player in the history of Barcelona after the Catalan giants paid €160m for his transfer from Premier League giants Liverpool.

He left the reigning European champions controversially for Barcelona in January 2018.

During his 18 months at Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho helped the club to win two Spanish La Liga titles as well as the 2017/18 Spanish Copa Del Rey title.

Philippe Coutinho would be the direct replacement for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez who spent the last two years at Bayern Munich on loan from the Spanish giants.

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