Liverpool versus Manchester City headlines Champions League quarterfinals | Liverpool versus Manchester
Liverpool versus Manchester City headlines the Champions League quarterfinals. The two clubs will play on April 4 at Anfield with the reverse fixture coming on April 10. The two sides have put on attacking master classes this term in their previous two meetings as 10 goals were scored in their Premier League games.
Liverpool versus Manchester City – The match
The two sides came through the last-16 with little trouble. Liverpool easily handled Porto by a 5-0 scoreline. The Reds put the match away in the first leg as the team scored all five goals in Portugal.
Although Manchester City lost their second leg match against Switzerland’s Basel, the Blues won the tie 5-2 on aggregate. Pep Guardiola didn’t need to risk his players in the second leg, as the side made its way through despite losing the second leg.
Liverpool versus Manchester City in the Champions League will take place after the next round of Premier League matches. Teams are currently on international break and just one weekend of Premier League fixtures will be played ahead of the Champions League quarterfinals.
Theoretically, the timing couldn’t be better for both teams. Players could be rested and ready for the match at Anfield. However, things don’t always work out as hoped. Key players could be injured or struggling for fitness when they return from international duty.
Liverpool versus Manchester City – Key players
Liverpool’s key player heading into the first leg is Mohamed Salah. Salah has been at the heart of everything great Liverpool have done this season. The Egyptian has tallied six Champions League goals this term. In the Premier League, Salah is on his way to the top scorer trophy. The forward has registered 28 goals for Liverpool in the league.
Liverpool haven’t got scoring just from Salah in the Champions League. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored 13 goals combined. The form Liverpool’s attacking three are in rivals any of the teams left in the Champions League.
Manchester City’s key player is Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian is leading the race for the PFA Player of the Year award. Despite De Bruyne’s stats paling in comparison to Salah’s, the midfielder is extremely important when it comes to running the team’s attack. De Bruyne has scored seven goals and registered 14 assists in the Premier League. His Champions League stats aren’t quite as good as Salah’s as De Bruyne has scored just once while completing four assists.
The two stars will have a major impact on whether their side goes through to the semifinals or not.
Perhaps the only disappointing part about the tie is two of the strongest teams in the competition have been drawn against each other. Regardless, Liverpool versus Manchester City is a perfect tie for fans of the club and neutrals alike.