Blood Red: The key to pulling off another European miracle - and why Guardiola won't be able to get Liverpool out of his head


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The task facing Liverpool tonight could not be much tougher. No Mohamed Salah, no Roberto Firmino, no Naby Keita, and the little matter of a 3-0 first-leg deficit to overcome if the double-chasing Reds are to make a second straight Champions League final. So there is a dose of realism in your pre-match Blood Red podcast, which in many ways, was a bit like Jurgen Klopp's press conference at Anfield on Monday, argues our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce. We've got James on the phone for 10 minutes so host Sam Carroll quickly quizzes him on the chances of a senior debut for Rhian Brewster and who will start up front in the absence of Salah and Firmino, the midfield line-up, what the atmosphere will be like, and what the Reds must do if they are to pull off which could be their greatest ever European comeback. Sadly, there's also Manchester City's win over Leicester City to discuss, which put the destiny of the Premier League title back in the hands of the defending champions. James calls it a 'slug in the guts' before laughing off Pep Guardiola's after-match comments. It's a theme Connor Dunn and Paul Gorst pick up on after James has to shoot off, and they are in no doubt that Liverpool continue to get under the Man City manager's skin, and will continue to do so for some time to come. They also mull over Klopp's starting line-up versus Barcelona, the reaction Reds old boys Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho should receive tonight, remember Divock Origi's winner at Newcastle United, and make it clear that this team, this club and the Anfield crowd can never be written off.

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