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Liverpool Old boy’s re-united in tonights #UCL showdown.

Tonight’s Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich will reunite four former Liverpool stars at the Nou Camp.

The Reds may have crashed out of this season’s competition at the group stage but Kop favourites Luis Suarez, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina are just two games away from next month’s final in Berlin.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at how the quartet have fared since leaving Anfield.

Luis Suarez, pictured scoring against Cordoba, is one of four former Liverpool players who could play in Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Luis Suarez, pictured scoring against Cordoba, is one of four former Liverpool players who could play in Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich


LUIS SUAREZ (BARCELONA)

The Uruguayan only left Liverpool last summer but he has quickly become a third of Europe’s most prolific front-three alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.

After serving the remainder of a four-month ban for biting and overcoming a barren spell in front of goal early on, Suarez has now found the back of the net 16 times in La Liga and six times in the Champions League.

And, with 14 assists in both competitions, he has been first-class provider of goals for his two South American strike partners.

The 28-year-old became one of the world’s most expensive players when he made a £75million move to Spain but he has wasted no time in proving his worth.

Luis Suarez grabs the matchball after netting a hat-trick for Barcelona against Cordoba

Suarez enjoyed a prolific spell at Liverpool before leaving the club last summer

Suarez has impressed at Barcelona since leaving Liverpool in a £75million deal last summer

 JAVIER MASCHERANO (BARCELONA)

Mascherano spent almost three-and-a-half seasons in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield before making a £17.25m move to the Nou Camp in the summer of 2010.

He has flourished since moving to the continent, helping the Catalan giants to two La Liga titles, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

Used in central defence as well as defensive midfield, the Argentina international is yet to score in almost 200 appearances in all competitions.

Mascherano is likely to anchor Luis Enrique’s midfield on Wednesday night, allowing Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta to attack.

The Argentine spent almost three-and-a-half seasons in Liverpool's midfield before leaving


XABI ALONSO (BAYERN MUNICH)

Popular among fans of a red persuasion to this day, Alonso in his first season at Bayern Munich after leaving Real Madrid in a £5m deal last summer.

During his five years at the Bernabeu, the Spaniard helped Los Blancos to one La Liga title, two Copa del Rey trophies and last season’s Champions League.

He made a surprise move to the Bundesliga in August last year and has fitted seamlessly into Pep Guardiola’s side, helping them to their 25th German title last month.

Alonso, who retired from international duty last summer, has also won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain since leaving Merseyside.

Xabi Alonso joined Bayern Munich last summer after five years with Real Madrid

The Spanish midfielder became a fans' favourite during his time on Merseyside


PEPE REINA (BAYERN MUNICH)

A stalwart in Liverpool’s goal for eight years, Reina fell out of favour under Brendan Rodgers and was loaned to Napoli in the summer of 2013 after the club signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.

He was reunited with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez in Serie A but failed to sign a permanent deal with the club despite playing regularly during the 2013-14 campaign.

Reina returned to Liverpool but was quickly sold to Bayern in a £2m deal, becoming an understudy to No 1 Manuel Neuer.

He has since made just two appearances in the Bundesliga and will start on the bench for Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

Pepe Reina is now No 2 to Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich

Reina left Liverpool after falling out of favour under manager Brendan Rodgers in 2013

 

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