Liverpool on the mind: Barcelona make wholesale changes for Celta

Messi, Luis Suárez, Ter Stegen, Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Alba, Busquets and Rakitic are absent

 Luis Suárez no se entrenó con el resto de sus compañeros antes del partido ante el Celta | EFE

Barcelona's minds are on Anfield already. It's normal. With the league title won, Ernesto Valverde is prioritising Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg against Liverpool. 

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Saturday's La Liga trip to Celta Vigo is in the background. The coach has rested the majority of his regulars ahead of the trip to Balaidos with Liverpool in mind. 

The squad is: Semedo, Todibo, Coutinho, Arthur, Dembélé, Cillessen, Malcom, Lenglet, Murillo, Boateng, Aleñá, Arturo Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Riqui Puig, Iñaki Peña, Collado and Wagué.

Of the 11 players that started against Liverpool, eight are not in the squad. Messi, Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Jordi Alba and Luis Suárez are all rested, while Sergio Busquets and Rakitic are suspended.

Four Barça B players will travel to Vigo. Riqui Puig and Wague, who both started against Huesca last month, could feature, while goalkeeper Iñaki Peña and midfielder Collado will also travel. 


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