The Merseysiders progressed to the final 4 with a straightforward 6-1 combination win over Porto, whereas Barca steamrollered Manchester United, scoring thrice in the second leg at Camp Nou.
Now they each face far sterner exams in the semi-final and Mourinho is struggling to separate the 2 groups, although insists Liverpool can damage Barcelona with their attacking arsenal.
‘The reality is that Liverpool last season played the final, and this season they are in the semi-finals with, in my opinion, a 50% chance of being in the final,’ the previous United boss advised Russia Right now.
‘I think they are better [than last season]. I would say Barca without Messi, Liverpool are favourites. But Barca with Messi… Messi is Messi.’
He continued: ‘I believe if Barcelona performs in Liverpool, second leg, the identical method they performed the primary leg at Outdated Trafford, they are going to be in hassle.
‘So I believe in the primary match, Barcelona will go clearly to attempt to be in entrance. However, as we have been saying earlier than, Mane, Salah, Firmino – not so direct however the best way he hyperlinks the play – they’re very harmful, they will additionally damage Barcelona.
‘I imagine that Barcelona’s motivation can’t be larger. The earlier closing performed in Madrid, they misplaced the semi-final. That is the subsequent closing in Madrid, it’s not in the Santiago Bernabeu but it surely’s in Madrid, which for them, socially as a membership, means one thing.
‘We all know that man [Messi] can change issues like he did towards United, he obtained that house, he obtained that dribble, he obtained that shot, 1-0, goodbye the sport is in our fingers.
‘I would say they are a bit – a bit – more favourites than Liverpool, but I think it’s 50/50. Liverpool as a crew, Salah, Mane, may damage folks.’