Liverpool have arrived at the Camp Nou in Spain where the Premier League title challengers are getting set for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Barcelona on Wednesday night.
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Jurgen Klopp’s Reds head into the encounter in fine form having claimed a 5-0 win over Huddersfield at the weekend to extend their winning streak in all competitions to 10 consecutive matches just as their unbeaten run has stretched to 19 matches since a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup back in January.
Specifically against Barca, the Merseyside club have never lost in four previous away meetings against the Blaugrana in all competitions, which is their joint best away record against a single team in European competition along with their record against FC Porto.
Liverpool are also the only English side to ever come away from the Camp Nou with a win in a competitive match, achieving the feat twice. First with a 1-0 win over Barcelona 43 years ago in the 1975/76 UEFA Cup and 2-1 in the 2006/07 Champions League.
And in what is Liverpool’s 11th semi-final appearance in the Champions League, the Reds would be looking to make it nine times they have sailed through to the final having only been stopped at the last four stage two times – by Inter Milan in the 1964/65 season and by Chelsea in the 2007/08 season.
Barcelona on their part have only progressed to the final of the Champions League/European Cup once in four attempts when facing English opposition. Having lost to Leeds United (1975) and Manchester United (2008), the La Liga giants overcame Chelsea in 2009 only to fall to the Blues three years later.
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