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UEFA Champions League quarter-final: Man City vs Liverpool (0-3) – Preview

Manchester City host Liverpool in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as they look to turn around a 3-0 deficit.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane saw Liverpool storm into a commanding 1st leg lead at Anfield last week, with Jurgen Klopp’s men hoping to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years.

Both sides come into the game following local derbies in the Premier League. Liverpool drew 0-0 away to Everton and City missed out on clinching the title at home to Manchester United as they lost 3-2, letting slip a 2-0 lead.

Pep Guardiola’s men have it all to do if they are reach their second Champions League semi-final in three years and keep a possible treble on course with the Carabao Cup already won and the Premier League title just one win away.

Team news

Sergio Aguero is back in contention to start for City after a short time out with injury after coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes against United.

Salah is a slight doubt for The Reds, but is expected to play a part after missing the Merseyside derby through a groin injury he sustained in the 1st leg against City.

Jordan Henderson is suspended after picking up his third yellow card of the competition.

What the managers have said

Pep Guardiola said in his press conference:

“Of course, to go through you have to make almost the perfect game – create chances, be clinical and concede few chances,” Guardiola said.“All the conditions have to be perfect to go through.

“But you have 90 minutes and in football everything can happen. We are going to try and we will see.

“We have to score the first one, then make the second one. We will see. We need the momentum.

“We have to focus on what we do. If we concede a goal, don’t give up.

“We did it many times, in a short time we can create chances and after you have to be clinical. And if we are not clinical, okay, next one, next one, next one.”

 

Jurgen Klopp said in his press conference:

“I am not interested in labels such as favourites or underdogs. I am thinking about going through to the next round and that is what we will try and do.

“If you saw the first-half against United, in a normal game against one of best teams in the word they should have score six goals.

“We have to be at our best again.

“European nights for Liverpool are special, expectations are high but we have no better chance than City.

“It is a big test for both teams.”

 

 

 

 

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