Preview - Liverpool vs Manchester City 05 April 2018

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Champions League Quarter Final First Leg
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Liverpool: 
Last five matches form: W D L W W
CL Average goals per match: 3.5
CL Average goals against per match: 0.8
CL Top Scorer: Roberto Firmino (7)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.4
CL Average goals against per match: 0.9
CL Top Scorer: Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero (4)


Five English sides entered the last 16 of the Champions League, now only two remain. By the time we reach the semi-finals, that number will be down to one as Liverpool and Manchester City clash in the quarter finals in what is a mouth-watering contest.

Having looked to be on the comeback trail poor old Adam Lallana has suffered yet another setback and will miss out here for Liverpool, as will Joe Gomez.

Man City could be a bit light at the back with both John Stones and Ayneric Laporte nursing slight complaints, at least one of the pair should recover in time though. Sergio Agüero sat out the victory over Everton at the weekend but is expected to start.

The tale of this seasons Champions League for these two sides has been goals, goals and more goals. City have notched four in three of their Champions League away outings this term, whilst Liverpool have incredibly smashed in seven on two separate occasions. With the two Premier League encounters between the two sides this season seeing a total of 12 goals, we could well be in for a shootout here.

Games like this are what the Champions League is all about. We wouldn't be surprised to see either side win but with the pressure on Liverpool to build a first leg lead, the make-up of the game may just favour Man City who have the players to cause chaos on the counter.


Prediction: Liverpool 2 - 3 Manchester City

Harry85

Half time: 3 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 9 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 0
Corner Kicks: 0 - 8
Possession: 34% - 66%

Jordan Henderson made his way into referee Felix Brych's notebook for Liverpool. Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all saw yellow for Manchester City.

Having suffered at the hands of a rapid fire three goal blitz here in the league earlier in the season, Manchester City clearly hadn't learnt their lesson and suffered the same fate once again as Liverpool took a stranglehold on this tie.

End to end stuff straight from the off with both defences teetering at times. It was Manchester City's rear guard which broke first in the 12th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold breaking into the right-hand side of the box to force a good save from Ederson Moraes. City really should have cleared but instead allowed the ball to land at the feet of Mohamed Salah six yards from goal. 1-0.

The second came in the 20th minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain receiving the ball in the centre of the pitch around 25 yards out. City didn't close him down seeming to invite the England man to shoot. One thunderbolt into the top left corner later and it was 2-0.

Its rare that only one of the Liverpool triple threat get on the scoresheet these days and Sadio Mané duly joined in the fun in the 31st minute. A chipped cross from Salah on the corner of the 18 yard box finding Mané whose downward header made it 3-0. City on the rack.

And that's the way it stayed. City looked decidedly out of synch here and certainly missed Agüero up front whilst Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sané struggled to link up throughout.

More remarkable than the final score line is the fact that City failed to even register a shot on target over the full ninety minutes. Surely a first for the season.

This wasn't a perfect night for Liverpool with Salah coming off injured in the 52nd minute - hopefully that's not too serious - but it wasn't far off a dream European night at Anfield for Jurgen Klopp's men who now have one foot in the semi-finals.

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