Liverpool to play Barcelona in pre-season clash

on 22.03.2016


Liverpool will be reunited against former striker Luis Suarez when they take on Spanish giants Barcelona this summer, with the venue reported to be Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 23, 2016: Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the first goal against Arsenal with team-mate Luis Suárez, Neymar, Andrés Iniesta during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by Kirsten Holst/Propaganda)

After two games in the US in July, Liverpool will continue their International Champions Cup campaign against Luis Enrique’s Barcelona.

Set to take place on Saturday, August 6th, this will continue the Reds’ pre-season schedule, which will also take in clashes with Chelsea and AC Milan, as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for 2016/17.

The location of Dublin has not been confirmed by Liverpool FC, who have only stated it as a “European venue”, but has been leaked elsewhere.

Update: Given Barcelona are due to play against Celtic in Dublin, it looks unlikely they’ll play there twice this summer. Sorry Irish Reds!

Liverpool’s last trip to the Aviva Stadium saw Brendan Rodgers‘ side beat Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in a post-season friendly in 2014.

Goals from Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini, Martin Kelly and Jack Dunn sealed victory that day, but Liverpool are now a much-changed side.

One player to leave the club shortly after that fixture was Suarez, who is poised to line up against his former side for the first time since joining Barcelona in a deal worth £75 million.

Suarez returned to Anfield in March last year to take part in Steven Gerrard‘s All-Star charity game, but this will mark his first appearance against the Reds.


Barcelona will also take on Celtic and Leicester City during their UK jaunt, but their clash with Liverpool looks set to be the most anticipated fixture of the Reds’ summer schedule.

This could well be the last outing for Klopp’s side in pre-season, serving as the perfect primer if the German is to lead Liverpool to success in 2016/17.


LFC Pre-Season Games:

  • July 27: Liverpool v Chelsea
    Rose Bowl; Pasadena, California. 8:30pm Pacific time (4.30am BST, July 28)
  • July 30: Liverpool v AC Milan
    Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, California. 7pm Pacific time (3am BST, July 31)
  • August 6: Liverpool v FC Barcelona
    Dublin, Ireland (Location TBC). 3pm BST

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  1. We should take suarez passport away so he has to stay with us. ;)

    It’s pre season friendly tournament so wouldn’t read too much into results especially as many big players will be rested after copa and europa.

    Still will be good to judge our progress against the best team in Europe

    • Copa is done by late June, Euros July 10. I believe most south americans are ready to join in by August 6. Might be a bit early for some europeans though. I guess they’ll have 3-4 weeks off after the tournament?

      • I think our 2 special Brazillians – Phil and Bobby deserve a proper break. Especially phil last year he looked so tired – could also be the baby.

        I remember what SAF said about the usefulness of a player when he has his first baby – that he is useless until 3 months after the baby. Phil hit form around that time as did Roo ;) We are human after all.

        • Yeah well, my brazilian buddy believes Brazil will go home early from Copa anyways. But then he is always so optimistic.

          • Its amazing all that talent they have and they still choking in major tournaments.

            Dunga as a head coach as almost as bad as WOY. Honestly – calling up Kaka and Pato before Cou and Firmino?!

          • Problem with Brazil – aside from them not having decent coaches – is all the politics. The coach doesn’t have the freedom to choose his team. Sponsors for instance has a big say, because they want to feature certain big names. Not kidding.

  2. I can’t care less about these pre-season matches.. Hopefully one day, we face Barcelona in Champion League knock-out stage.

    • its just a chance for the lads to get some game time and fitness after the break and for fans around the world…… chill

      • Correction…. it is all about £££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

        • pre season friendly games have always happened even before all the big money came into the game??!!@@ do you think they should go int the first premier games wearing they holiday beach gear?? sure the modern pre season has changed massive now they go Asia Australia USA.but this is modern football which has a world wide fan base you dont have to be a marketing executive to realize that……..or maybe you do?

          • Eh.. that’s blatantly obvious from my post. You made it out to be about integrating players and bonding…. which is irrelevant really, cos that could be done at Melwood. Players get dragged all around the world in space of a few weeks and then the clubs complain about fixture congestion and player burn-out from December to February/March. And what exactly are new players to English football going to learn about the pace or physicality of the English game when they are out in Melbourne, Florida, etc.
            Yes, pre-season games have always featured but not to such a crazy extent. Yes of course it is important for increasing the fan base, marketing etc. but it’s done to excess. I appreciate our club either has to follow suit or get left behind in the marketing stakes but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the negative effects on the team, which are widely accepted as being present by fitness experts within the game.

          • I see this cup as very counterproductive to these things. Preseason should be all about building up fitness and testing the periphery players, that might not get a whole lot of game time in the season, and that is best done against weaker opposition.

            Sure it generates more money and sells LFC better, but it will hurt us, and other English teams.

        • It’s definitely more lucrative than playing Crewe and Preston but I don’t see that as a bad thing, surely increased revenue equates to increased competitiveness and the clubs profile and status benefits as well….

          • Agreed mate but the excess to which it happens in crazy. I know it’s a case of do it or get left behind, but that doesn’t mean it’s right way to prepare for a long hard season.

          • Yeah, it’s not ideal, even more so this summer which is going to be a short preseason anyway due to the euros, it could get even worse if we have to play Europa League qualifying rounds in July, that’s something we need to avoid at all costs…

        • It’s all about the money, money, money, we don’t need your money, money, money, Don’t care about the price tag.

          A bit of singing to cheer you guys up after the collapse at our second team Southampton ??

      • Assuming we go into next season with four or five new players in the squad it’s also a good opportunity for them to integrate and bond with the rest of the team, hopefully we’ll get our summer business done early…

  3. Finally get to see Liverpool play! I will definitely be going to the game against AC Milan at the Levi’s Stadium! Prices will probably be cheaper than the Barca Manure game last year too.

  4. Finally. I’ve longed for this match. Coming close to the start of the season, I expect Barcelona to field most of its current starting 11. I hope this meeting will not be a one-off, but the first of many encounters with Europe’s elite now that Klopp is here!

  5. I watched Liverpool vs Roma in Boston two years ago I was a little disappointed to only watch their B team. I felt like the only reason they had the game was to rob me. Idk just my opinion

  6. I see Coutinho playing an absolute belter of a game, scoring a 30 yard screamer. One week later we receive a bid of £60M for our magician. Cue long drawn out negotiations with Barca eventually getting their man.

  7. This is shaping up to be a brutal pre season chelsea, AC Milan and Barca. This level of opposition will expose flaws early so we can hit the ground running.. Enteting a season with a jacked up ego from beating minows is a recipe for failure.

  8. What a shame that Xavi retired. It would be uncanny to watch him play his Welsh self.

    Kind of like that Face/Off movie, except not really anything like that.

  9. What a fantastic line-up of pre-season friendlies, a great test of our standard, especialy with any new players we may get in this summer, really looking forward to these games.

      • I am optimistic about the future! That is quite clear from various comments I’ve made.

        But you do realise this is Barcelona with MSN in their prime peak prowess right?

        It will be difficult for ANYONE to beat them let alone Liverpool. So, the best time to beat them would be pre-season when they’d be wouldn’t be firing on all cylinders…which is still a difficult ask.

  10. A bit dramatic there bud. These guys get paid bucket loads to play football. Let them play and entertain folk wherever required.

  11. Lallana is coming good, as is Allen..Milner’s versatility is useful…Mignolet should be 2nd choice, same with Moreno. Benteke can be a rather useful plan B as well.

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