Gary Neville has rated Liverpool’s chances in a theoretical Champions League semi-final against Barcelona as “50/50”.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Barca as his “favourites” to win the tournament after their comfortable quarter-final victory over Manchester United.
The Spaniards will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with Ajax, Tottenham or Manchester City waiting at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.
With Liverpool – “the best team in the world” – 2-0 up after the first leg of their Porto tie, they are likely to progress to face Barca.
Neville expects Liverpool to be “a lot better than United” in trying to topple Ernesto Valverde’s side.
“When you get into the semi-final you’re definitely good enough to win the competition,” Neville told beIN SPORTS.
“With Messi in your team, Pique at the back, Busquets, Suarez… the spine of that team is fantastic.
“But that first five minutes [against Manchester United]… they’re likely to play Liverpool in the semi-final and Liverpool are a lot better than United and won’t let them off the hook like that.
“Liverpool’s front three will cause massive problems so I think it’s a 50-50 tie, that semi-final.
“I wouldn’t say it’s Barcelona as favourites by any stretch of the imagination. Liverpool are a good side and have a lot more energy than this Barcelona team.
“They don’t have as much control or rhythm in midfield but I think certainly they can match them defensively and up top.”