Graeme Souness identifies Liverpool FC problem ahead of FC Barcelona clash

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness is worried about Liverpool FC's fitness levels ahead of the visit of FC Barcelona on Tuesday night

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Graeme Souness has warned Jurgen Klopp that his Liverpool FC team looks tired ahead of the visit of FC Barcelona on Tuesday night.

The Reds had to dig deep to secure three points at St James’ Park on Saturday night after Liverpool FC edged to a 3-2 victory over Newcastle United.

Rafael Benitez’s side twice cancelled out Liverpool FC’s lead after Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah had found the net on Tyneside.

Substitute Divock Origi scored a dramatic headed winner with three minutes left to play to hoist Liverpool FC back to the top of the table.

Liverpool FC have 72 hours to recover before Klopp’s men host FC Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Reds suffered a 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the first leg in what a punishing game in terms of morale and fitness at Camp Nou.

Former Liverpool FC captain Souness believes Klopp’s side are starting to show the effects of such an intense title challenge.

“They sat in when they needed to defend and they were aggressive and put their foot in,” Souness told Sky Sports. “Liverpool made hard work of it. It was a real slog for them and they got away with it.

“Did they deserve to win? I’m not quite sure, but it’s game on. Klopp will know, when he puts his head on the pillow tonight, that his side have dodged a bullet.

“94 points is a fantastic achievement. They got lucky tonight, but they had no luck on Wednesday night so that’s football for you. They weren’t at it, and the obvious reason is that they’re tired. They looked tired. Liverpool are a high-energy team – they get after you.”

Liverpool FC are sitting in top spot in the Premier League table and two points ahead of Manchester City ahead of the defending champions’ penultimate game of the season.

Manchester City will welcome former Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester City side to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night

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