Barça got past one giant and now face another — Liverpool FC — in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Their individual prestige is practically unmatched and, curiously, several legends have played for both teams, all in the last 20 years. Here's a look at all of them:
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It will be an especially memorable clash for Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho, who will face their former side. Suárez played 133 games while at Liverpool and scored 82 goals, winning the 2013-14 Golden Shoe. Suárez helped Liverpool win the 2011-12 League Cup. Coutinho, meanwhile, played in 201 games in his Liverpool stint and scored 54 goals.
Both blaugranas will square off against ex-teammates. Mignloet, Henderson and Sturridge are Liverpool's only holdovers from the Suárez era still on the team. Coutinho, however, will go up against 14 of his former teammates: Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Gomez, Robertson, Matip, Alexander Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Chamberlain, Firmino, Mané, Salah and Origi.
Both Barça and Liverpool are five-time winners of Europe's top club competition. Only Real Madrid and AC Milan have more, while Bayern Munich also have five. Liverpool took home the title in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005, while Barça's success is much more recent: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015.
Barça and Liverpool have met eight times before in official matches — four times in the Champions League and four times in the UEFA Cup. Barça's record in those games is two wins, three draws and three losses. Here's a look at them below.