Press Conference: Klopp and Trent on Barcelona, Salah injury and Premier League title battle


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So here we go. The start of a week that could end with Liverpool winning the Premier League and qualifying for their second straight Champions League final. Admittedly, the latter is more unlikely, given the Reds must overturn a 3-0 deficit in their semi-final second leg with Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday. And their hopes have been hit further by the news that both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will be ruled out of the match, which was confirmed by Jurgen Klopp at his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon. With that in mind, Klopp was asked how he was going to approach the last-four decider, as well as how much attention he will pay to Manchester City's crucial clash at home to Leicester City on Monday night, which if they drop points in, will leave Liverpool with one hand on the Premier League title. But most of the talk concerns Barcelona, the possible inspiration the Reds can take from Roma, and just what exactly Klopp said to Lionel Messi on the Camp Nou pitch at the end of the first leg. And, as is customary with Champions League press conferences, the Liverpool manager was followed by one of his players, Trent-Alexander Arnold, who was a fan in stands when Klopp's side produced a stunning European comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund three years ago. The 20-year-old right-back is asked whether the Reds can repeat that performance on Tuesday night, his friendly rivalry with Andy Robertson, the prospect of facing Messi, and courtesy of a question from our own James Pearce, what it will be like to go up against his former team-mate Philippe Coutinho. Enjoy - and we'll be back in the morning with the Blood Red podcast.

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