Preview: Barcelona vs Liverpool

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Barcelona conclude their 2016-2017 preseason with a match against the English giants Liverpool at Wembley. Barcelona won both of their encounters against the Scottish Champions Celtic and the English Champions Leicester  in their opening encounters and would claim the International Champions Cup should they defeat Liverpool by 4 goals. The reds meanwhile have had a mixed preseason winning 5 games against easier opposition but coming up short against Chelsea and Roma. Barcelona meanwhile are finally closer to full strength with only Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti and Andre Gomes not included in the 23 man squad of the available players. Neymar and Rafinha remain in Brazil competing in the Olympics.

Recent Head to Head:

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Key Man Watch

Munir el Haddadi: Munir has scored 3 goals in the 2 pre-season games thus far and looks to be staking a claim for being the 4th striker this season. He has scored with his left foot and his right foot when set up by Luis Suarez and Leo Messi thus far but his game encompasses much more than simply being a finisher. A good all round performance against Liverpool could see his name penciled into the starting lineup until Neymar is back from the Olympics.

Sadio Mane: The Senegalese international striker joined on a deal from Southampton this summer for a club record 34 million pounds. The highly rated winger notched 15 goals last season and would love to get his first goal for the Reds against the Blaugrana.

Possible starting xi:

Ter Stegen; Aleix Vidal; Pique; Mascherano; Sergi Roberto; Busquets; Denis; Arda; Messi; Suarez; Munir

Prediction: Barcelona are rolling along in their pre-season and should have too much for a Liverpool team still very much in transition under Klopp. Luis Suarez would also love to get one over on his old team so look for him to score and not celebrate. Barcelona 4 Liverpool 0

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