Date: 10th April 2008 at 6:29pm
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Gary Neville reckons anything can happen in a Champions League semi-final.

Considering that Liverpool, of all teams, have won two of these contests in the last three years, the skipper’s statement is unchallengeable. However, he agreed to be a little bit more specific in terms of our chances of progression against Barcelona.

‘We have a great chance this season. Once you get to a semi-final anything can happen.

‘We are playing well at the moment and winning games regularly. Last year we were maybe not quite ready. This year we have the players to go all the way.

‘The games and the atmosphere against Barcelona will be brilliant. There will be some great players on show.

‘Both teams like to attack. I do not think defence is the priority.’


Well, everyone expect so – but it would be a surprise given the nature of contemporary Champions League football if the two sides repeated their 1998 clashes when two 3-3 draws had Europe watching in awe.

But of course you can expect a huge contrast in quality between this tie and the annual Liverpool v Chelsea borefest…