Preview - Manchester City vs Liverpool 11 April 2018

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Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form:  L W W L L
CL Average goals per match: 2.10
CL Average goals against per match: 1.11
CL Top Scorer: Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero (4)

Liverpool:
Last five matches form: L W W W D
CL Average goals per match: 3.44
CL Average goals against per match: 0.67
CL Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané (7)

First Leg Score: Manchester City 0 - 3 Liverpool

A second half collapse against big rivals Manchester United is hardly the ideal preparation for a match against Jurgen Klopp's rampant Reds. A game in which Manchester City have a mountain to climb having been battered in the first leg. If anyone can do it it's probably City, as they remain irresistible going forward themselves at times. The stark facts of the matter though are that should Liverpool get on the scoresheet just once, Man City will have to score five times. That's a big ask.

Pep Guardiola will at least be able to welcome Sergio Agüero back to the line up though, with the top scoring Argentine having been a big miss in the first leg.

Mo Salah was rested at the weekend, whilst Roberto Firmino started on the bench against Everton. The pair are expected to return and join Sadio Mané in Liverpool's devastating three pronged attack. Liverpool do have problems in the centre of the park though, where Jordan Henderson and Emre Can miss out.

The lack of a ball winner in Liverpool's midfield is likely to see them under pressure for long periods here, as no team keeps possession quite so well as City. We do expect the home side to win the game, but overcoming that first leg deficit may well prove a bridge too far.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 2 Liverpool

Harry85

 Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Aggregate: 1 - 5
Shots: 20 - 5
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 68% - 32%

Ederson Moraes and Bernardo Silva were booked for the home side, whilst Liverpool's Sadio Mané, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk also made their way into referee Antonio Mateu's notebeook.

If Manchester City were to have any hope of reeling in the deficit from the first leg they ideally needed an early goal here, and they got one.

Breaking up play in midfield the ball fell to David Silva who drove forward to release Raheem Sterling down the right. Sterling hit the ball first time into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who in turn finished first time into the bottom corner. Only two minutes on the clock. The perfect start for the home side.

The first half was all City as they poured on the pressure in a bid to get the crucial second goal. They nearly had it too, Bernardo Silva's piledriver taking a slight deflection before rattling the post as half-time approached. Not long after that City did have the ball in the net, only for Leroy Sané's effort to be controversially ruled out for offside. 1-0 at the break.

Then in the 56th minute Liverpool struck the hammer blow. Sadio Mané bursting into the box and Ederson Moaraes rushing out to meet him, Ederson got to the ball but it was only spilled out to Mohamed Salah who calmly chipped the ball home.

City had a resigned look about them after that moment, and whilst they did push forward, they struggled to create anything really clear cut.

In the 77th minute Jurgen Klopp's men rubber stamped their progression. Roberto Firmino making the most of a blunder by Nicolas Otamendi to race into the box down the left and calmly side foot in off the far post as the keeper came out to meet him. 1-2 final score.

The semi-finals beckon for Liverpool.

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