Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Liverpool have one advantage remaining in their fight against Manchester City for the Premier League title.
City were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham during the week, and are set to play them again at the weekend.
That tricky fixture, coupled with an upcoming Manchester derby, could be the stumbling block for City that Reds’ fans are hoping for.
“It has to be in the next two games. If they win the next two, I don’t see how City will get stopped,’ Merson said.
“Liverpool play two games against Barcelona, City have got a rest then. The four days – Saturday and then Wednesday – if they win them… City going out has made it more of a good thing for them.
“The only advantage Liverpool have is them two games are now, straight after they’ve gone out.
“If it was just Tottenham this week, and then Man United the following week, then okay. But it’s a quick turnover.”
Merson also expects Liverpool to get past Barcelona and reach the Champions League final.
“I think Liverpool will beat Barcelona over two legs,” he added.
“I don’t see how they can deal with the front three and I just think Virgil van Dijk will show he’s the best centre-half in the world.
“He will step up and the three going forward will be miles too quick for Barcelona.”