'Don't have nightmares about Barca' - Gerrard

February 14, 2007

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged his team not to worry too much about Barcelona as they prepare to face the holders in the Champions League next Wednesday.

The Reds return to European action in the Nou Camp in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Gerrard, currently away with the squad for warm-weather training in Portugal, said: 'We have got to go there with confidence.

'We have to have belief in our ability and we must not spend too much time worrying about Barcelona.

'If you do that you will give yourself nightmares because they are a great side.'

Gerrard told LFC magazine: 'We know what we are capable of and we know the performance we can come up with on the big occasion.

'We also know that whatever Barcelona say, they are going to be wary of us.'

Gerrard believes that manager Rafael Benitez's knowledge of the Spanish giants will be an advantage for Liverpool.

He said: 'Rafa knows them and the Spanish league better than anyone and that will make them a little bit wary when we go there.

'We would love to go there and win, we are not a team that goes anywhere to play for a draw. But it would not be a bad result for us.

'A lot of our lads have plenty of experience of playing in the Nou Camp, so there is no fear factor. We have been waiting for this game for ages it seems, and now it is almost here we know that a positive result would set us up nicely when we bring them back to Anfield for the second leg.

'We have had some great games against them in the past and I am sure this will be another one.'