Liverpool v Barcelona: Six past meetings between the two sides

Liverpool beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp in 2007.

The showpiece encounter will be Liverpool's penultimate pre-season outing before starting their Premier League campaign against Arsenal live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday, August 14.

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Ahead of the game, we recall Liverpool and Barcelona's six most recent meetings…

April 5, 2001: Barcelona 0-0 Liverpool (UEFA Cup)

Liverpool held a Barcelona team containing Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Patrick Kluivert and Rivaldo to a goalless draw in the first leg of the 2001 UEFA Cup semi-final. Gerard Houllier's side produced an organised and disciplined defensive display at the Nou Camp, with their best scoring chance coming when Robbie Fowler headed over from Steven Gerrard's back-post cross.

Jamie Carragher and Rivaldo in action at the Nou Camp in 2001
Image: Jamie Carragher and Rivaldo in action at the Nou Camp in 2001

April 19, 2001: Liverpool 1-0 Barcelona (UEFA Cup)

Back at Anfield two weeks later, Gary McAllister's first-half penalty saw Liverpool through to the final with a narrow 1-0 victory. Barcelona, fielding a young Pepe Reina in goal due to injuries, had chances of their own, but the Reds held firm despite an agonising finale. They famously went on to beat Alaves 5-4 and lift the trophy.

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November 20, 2001: Liverpool 1-3 Barcelona (Champions League)

Liverpool and Barcelona were drawn together again in the second group stage of the 2001/02 Champions League. Michael Owen gave the Reds the lead, but two well-worked goals from Kluivert and Fabio Rochemback put Barcelona ahead before Marc Overmars added a late third.

Marc Overmars scored Barcelona's third goal as they beat Liverpool 3-1
Image: Marc Overmars scored Barcelona's third goal as they beat Liverpool 3-1

March 13, 2002: Barcelona 0-0 Liverpool (Champions League)

Liverpool returned to the Nou Camp and claimed another hard-earned goalless draw. The Reds struggled in an attack without the injured Owen and the ineligible Nicolas Anelka, but they made life difficult for the hosts without the ball. Barcelona's best chances came when Philippe Christanval hit the post and Luis Enrique missed from a Javier Saviola cross, but Liverpool held on.

February 21, 2007: Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool (Champions League)

All the pre-match talk had focused on a training ground bust-up between Crag Bellamy and John Arne Riise, but they both got on the scoresheet as Liverpool claimed a stunning 2-1 win in the first leg of the Champions League last 16. The evening started poorly for Rafael Benitez's side when Deco headed the opener for Lionel Messi and co, but a Victor Valdes error gifted Bellamy the equaliser before the Welshman set up Riise's winner.

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy celebrates with his 'Golf Swing' after scoring during the UEFA Champions league game with Barcelonan
Image: Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy celebrated with a golf swing after scoring against Barcelona

March 6, 2007: Liverpool 0-1 Barcelona (Champions League)

Liverpool secured their passage to the quarter-finals with an away goals victory, but they were made to sweat for it after Eidur Gudjohnsen scored for Barcelona in the 75th minute at Anfield. That, though, came after the Reds had kept an attacking force of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi quiet for much of the contest. Liverpool went on to reach the final, where they were beaten by AC Milan.

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