Dietmar Hamann previews Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona
Liverpool FC legend Dietmar Hamann believes the Reds can't be discounted from their Champions League semi-final just yet
Dietmar Hamann has insisted that Liverpool FC aren’t out of their Champions League semi-final tie despite their 3-0 loss at Camp Nou last week.
The Merseyside outfit suffered a heavy loss to the La Liga champions following goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
However, the scoreline didn’t tell the complete story as Liverpool FC held their own throughout the Champions League match.
In fact, Liverpool FC finished with more attempts on goal than FC Barcelona, while Jurgen Klopp’s side had 52 per cent of the possession in the first leg.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and James Milner were all guilty of missing clearcut chances to make the breakthrough in Catalunya.
Liverpool FC do have history with regards to scoring three goals to upset the odds in seemingly hopeless positions in the Champions League.
Steven Gerrard’s last-gasp strike sealed a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos in December 2004 to seal their place in the knockout stage at Anfield after Rivaldo had broken the deadlock in the first half to leave the home side requiring three goals.
Liverpool FC famously came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in the Champions League final later that season, a game which saw Hamann come off the bench at half-time with the Reds trailing 3-0.
And the former Liverpool FC midfielder is refusing to give up hope that Klopp’s men could still reach successive finals.
“So a 3-0 scoreline in a Champions League tie is insurmountable. Istanbul anyone?” Hamann told Racing Post.
“No one knows better than me, having played in the 2005 final, that Liverpool aren’t out of this tie. I was hugely impressed with the way Jurgen Klopp’s men played in Barcelona, and wasn’t that surprised with the number of chances they created. The surprise was they didn’t take any.”
Hamann continued: “Rarely do Liverpool let sides off the hook twice and if they get presented with those chances again at Anfield the outcome should be different.
“Barcelona haven’t lost a match by more than two goals all season so the size of the task facing Liverpool is obvious. And there’s always the danger of them scoring a crucial away goal.
“But Roma beat Barcelona 3-0 at home last season and Liverpool are a far more potent threat than Roma are.”