Michael Owen believes Liverpool can beat Barcelona

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes the Reds can get the better of Barcelona and reach the final of the Champions League in Madrid. The Reds made light weather of their quarter final tie against Porto which they won with a comfortable 6-1 scoreline, and they are now scheduled to face Barcelona in the final four of the competition.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said that the Reds have the edge over the Blaugrana in the semi-final, given the opening leg has been scheduled at the Camp Nou, where the club can seek the important away goal, he quipped: “With the first game at the Nou Camp that's a huge advantage. Going back to Anfield that's a real bonus.”

Meanwhile, another Reds legend Robbie Fowler favoured the same outcome, given Jurgen Klopp’s side pose the greater attacking threat compared to Barcelona’s previous opponents Manchester United, he said: “I think they've got a great chance. Man United showed at Old Trafford that teams can get behind them. With Liverpool's attacking prowess, they're more of a match for anyone.”

“Liverpool suffered Champions League disappointment at the final hurdle against Real Madrid during the previous campaign“ and there were suggestions that they had missed their best chance of securing some much-needed silverware. However, they have comeback stronger during the ongoing campaign and they are currently with the chance of “celebrating a Premier League“ and Champions League double, should things go their way.

The Reds are currently one point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League but the latter have a game in hand over them. Nonetheless, the Citizens have the tougher schedule with games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United to come, and it remains to be seen whether they can avoid dropping points for the rest of the season to retain the title.