Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told his team not to fear Barcelona when they travel to Camp Nou in the Champions League next Wednesday.
“We have got to go there with confidence,” Gerrard told LFC magazine.
“We have to have belief in our ability and we must not spend too much time worrying about Barcelona.
“If you do that you will give yourself nightmares because they are a great side.
“We know what we are capable of and we know the performance we can come up with on the big occasion.
“We also know that whatever Barcelona say, they are going to be wary of us.”
Gerrard believes that the former coach Rafa Benitez’s inside knowledge of the Spanish game will give them an even greater chance of overcoming Barca.
“Rafa knows them and the Spanish league better than anyone and that will make them a little bit wary when we go there.
“We would love to go there and win, we are not a team that goes anywhere to play for a draw. But it would not be a bad result for us.
“A lot of our lads have plenty of experience of playing in the Camp Nou, so there is no fear factor. We have been waiting for this game for ages it seems, and now it is almost here we know that a positive result would set us up nicely when we bring them back to Anfield for the second-leg.
“We have had some great games against them in the past and I am sure this will be another one.”