‘Camp Nou is not a temple’ – Jurgen Klopp Stokes The Fire Ahead of Liverpool’s Tussle With Barcelona

‘Camp Nou is not a temple’ – Jurgen Klopp Stokes The Fire Ahead of Liverpool’s Tussle With Barcelona

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that his team’s imminent visit to the Camp Nou holds no fear for him or his players ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Semi Final first leg tie.

The Premier League title chasers play the first part of their double-header in Catalunya, before they renew acquaintances with Bara a week later at Anfield on May 7th.

Barcelona are one of the continent’s most difficult teams to topple on their own patch, and their Champions League home record over the past half a decade is a stunning reflection of the high levels the club have been able to maintain.

Since September 2013, the Blaugrana have won 28 and drawn 3 of the 31 Champions League fixtures they’ve contested at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona’s last defeat at home in the competition came in their 2012/13 UCL Semi-Final second leg 0-3 reverse to eventual winners Bayern Munich.

This season, Ernesto Valverde’s men have won 4 out of 5 Champions League matches at Camp Nou, drawing the other with a weakened side against Tottenham Hotspur after they had already secured top spot in their group.

In the knockout stages, Lyon and Manchester United were swept aside with devastating ease by 5-1 and 3-0 scorelines respectively – results that ended the tournament for both clubs.

Read our comprehensive Barcelona vs Liverpool match preview, predictions and betting tips here.

Jurgen Klopp Not Intimidated

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Yet, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not believe in the mystique that Barcelona’s famous stadium and battle-hardened continental fortress seems to hold.

In an interview with DAZN this week, Klopp said:

“The Camp Nou is just a stadium. It is pretty big, but it is no temple of football.”

Adding: “It had to arrive at some point. You see the other teams who have a bad time when they play there and now we will experience it. Although of course we hope to play well.”

Klopp did however, suggest that Liverpool, aiming to reach the competition’s Final for the second consecutive season, would start the Semi-Final tie as slight underdogs, saying:

“If you play against Barcelona, you are certainly not favourites,” he added. 

“This is a fantastic game for all football supporters.”

The bookmakers certainly seem to agree with the German – Barcelona have been made 7/10 favourites with bet365 to qualify for the final, while Liverpool have been priced at 21/20 to make it to Madrid by the same bookies.