UEFA Champions League Liverpool vs Manchester City – Two best attack in the premier league are set to face each other in the UEFA Champions League quaterfinals on Wednesday.
The Reds will play the first game of the two-legged tie in front of their home fans, meaning Jurgen Klopp and his men will have it all to do against Pep Guardiola’s side in the return leg – who have just lost once at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions this season.
Thus, the Citizens go into this one as clear favourites, but will still be vary of threat Liverpool pose, and that on their day, they’re capable of beating anybody among the continent’s élite. They are also the only side to beat City in the Premier League this term and would fancy their chances against the runaway leaders, who are set to be crowned champions in the next few weeks.
In-form Mohamed Salah can prove the difference at Andfield
Liverpool received a major injury blow on Tuesday as they found out that centre-back Joel Matip is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury. He suffered an injury on his thigh in their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and will now need surgery on it, ensuring that he will miss a considerable share of football.
Adam Lallana is another player who is ruled out of the game while Emre Can’s major back concern puts him on the unlikely list. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne could push for a starting berth after being named on the bench against Palace over the weekend.
Joël Matip is likely to require surgery on a thigh injury.
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For City, defensive issues are aplenty as Fabian Delph, John Stones as well as Aymeric Laporte are all doubts for Wednesday’s game. Sergio Aguero may have returned to training but this game may have come too soon for him and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus is expected to lead the line as he did against Everton last weekend.
A trio of City’s players – Fernandinho, Danilo and Ilkay Gundogan – are on tenterhooks as they’re one booking away from facing a one-match ban in the Champions League.
Liverpool: Karius; Alexander Arnold, Lovren, Clyne, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane; Jesus.
Liverpool vs Manchester City 2-1
Liverpool’s attacking has one of the most lethal in Europe this season and given Mohamed Salah’s red-hot form and City’s issues defensively, it is unlikely that the Citizens will keep a clean sheet. On the other hand, the visitors have plenty of firepower in their ranks to ruffle a few feathers, which could see it led to an open and attacking game with both sides getting on the scoresheet.