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Neville thinks Liverpool will fare better than Manchester United against Barcelona in potential semi-final

Gary Neville believes Liverpool have a better chance than Manchester United of beating Barcelona, should they meet the Spanish side in the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool travel to Portugal to face Porto in the second leg of their last eight tie, holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg and will meet the Spanish champions in the last four should they progress.

Barcelona advanced to their first semi-final since 2015 with a 4-0 aggregate win over United and Neville, who twice won the competition with the Old Trafford side, believes Liverpool would pose the five-times winners more problems in a potential showdown.

“When you get into the semi-final you’re definitely good enough to win the competition,” Neville told beIn Sports.

“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.”