The game between Barça and Liverpool on Wednesday night (9pm CEST) will be a high-stakes duel between two top sides in the Champions League semifinals. It will be an even more special game for two former Liverpool players, now plying their trade as FC Barcelona stars. Luis Suárez (2011-14) and Philippe Coutinho (2012-18) both had spells at Anfield, and they look at the current side in the hours leading up to the first game against the Reds. ahead of their with their former club this week.
Here are five standout statements from the pair in their exclusive pre-match interview:
“It's been years since we last played in a Champions League semifinal, and we are very keen to achieve our objective."
“You can't get distracted for a second in the Champions League, because you pay dearly for it."
“The atmosphere at the Camp Nou will make clear that the fans want this trophy."
"Liverpool can bring the ball out from the back. They have very good players in the midfield who can get the ball to the forwards. They maybe have a similar shape to us. I don't think that there will be too much of a difference in style, but we are both strong sides."
“I'm obviously excited about returning to Anfield, a place for which I have a lot of affection. I've spoken to Henderson and we've said that it will be a special game."
“I am really looking forward to playing in my first Champions League semifinal, and I want to do a good job. In addition, returning to Anfield will be very special, because I was very happy at Liverpool."
"The Champions Leaguue is our big objective and we have to have a strong mentality for these types of games."
“Liverpool are a side with a very strong mentality, above all at home. They area great side in attack and defence, so we will have to be alert."
"They aren't only about a strong attack. They have a great side and Anfield has a magnificent atmosphere."