Valverde wary of 'powerful' Liverpool ahead of Champions League semis

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Barcelona will face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals, while they are also closing in on the La Liga title ahead of hosting Real Sociedad on Saturday, and Valverde was quick to point out the dangers of facing Jurgen Klopp's Reds.

There was nothing complicated about Lenglet's opener, the Frenchman rising high above two defenders and heading into the corner for his first league goal in a Barcelona shirt.

Parity lasted just two minutes, however, as Alba cut in from the left, switched the ball to his right foot and arrowed a shot beyond the reach of the Sociedad goalkeeper.

They are in contention to win the treble too, with a Copa del Rey final to come against Valencia in Seville on May 25.

Sociedad started the second half in high gear, making it hard for Barcelona to play out from the back.

The plan is to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp, the Premier League club have said.

He stuck his fingers in his ears after scoring in that game as a protest at the way he feels he has been criticised this season.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema netted a second-half hat-trick as Real got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Earlier, Atletico Madrid had needed Thomas Lemar to come off the bench and find an 85th-minute victor against Eibar.

Thomas Lemar's 85th minute strike was enough to seal three points for the visitors.

Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata lost his temper late-on with referee Javier Alberola when the match official appeared to give him a friendly clip around the back of the head.

"I thought we were a little bit better in the second half than in the first".

Atletico Madrid coach Simeone said Morata had been annoyed.

"Last year we were top with a big advantage and this year it is the same".

After Ousmane Dembele fired narrowly wide at the other end, Sociedad got a deserved equaliser in the 62nd minute.

Rayo Vallecano and Huesca both failed to boost their survival bids after playing to a goalless draw on Saturday evening.

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