What you need to know about the first of three new Liverpool v Barcelona fixtures
Posted On July 6, 2021
The Reds will face Barcelona at Anfield for the first time in four years on Saturday, with the first fixture a friendly in which both sides have won two successive games.
The Reds will be hoping to get back on track when they travel to Camp Nou for a friendly at 3.45pm on Saturday.
There are plenty of reasons why Liverpool fans would want to watch their first game away to Barcelona, but a key reason is because of the rivalry between the clubs.
The Catalan club has been embroiled in a lengthy feud with Liverpool for the past few years, with Luis Suarez famously calling them the “worst team in the world” during the 2013-14 season.
The latest spat started when Suarez, who had been suspended for the World Cup and had been banned for four months, was seen celebrating with his team-mates before the match against Porto in October.
It was also revealed that Suarez had been charged by the Catalan club for racially abusing a Spanish journalist during a press conference ahead of the match.
But the Reds were also criticised for playing their first home game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on a Thursday night, when the game would have been seen as a potential test of the Nou camp’s capacity to host matches.
A new fixture will give the Reds a chance to get away from that pressure, with both sides expected to be in full gear.
The game will be the first match of the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Monaco, with Liverpool expected to look to open up their lead on the Catalans.
Barcelona’s last home game was against Juventus in September.