The two remaining Premier League sides in the UEFA Champions League this season face off in what promises to be an exciting fixture full of attacking football to decide who will represent the whole of England in the semi-finals.
The two teams last met in the Premier League on 14th January and Liverpool ran out 4-3 winners at Anfield.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored the goals for Liverpool and Leroy Sane, Bernado Silva and Ilkay Gundogan found the net for the opposition.
Will Pep Guardiola’s men march on to their second ever UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance or will Jurgen Klopp ultimately steer his side to their first semi-final appearance since 2008?
Let’s take a look at the records and form of both teams, injuries, suspensions, potential lineups, key players and possible outcome of the all English affair.
RECORDS AND FORM
The away form of the Premier League pacesetters Manchester City this campaign has been excellent. They have only lost once in 16 games (13W 2D) with 37 goals scored and 11 conceded domestically.
The last away CL fixture they were involved in ended with an emphatic 4-0 win against Basel. The return fixture was less pleasing to Pep Guardiola.
He witnessed his side give away a one goal advantage and ended up losing by 2 goals to one.In their last 30 matches in all competitions, the Cityzens have only tasted two defeats (26W 2D).
One thing that will give the Manchester Club confidence ahead of this showpiece is that their manager Pep Guardiola has never been knocked out of a quarter-final in his illustrious managerial career. The Spanish tactician will hope that his side does enough to get a positive result today.
The Reds have a very good record in front of their fans at Anfield in the Premier League this season. The record stands at 10 wins and 6 draws in all 16 fixtures with 38 goals scored and 10 goals conceded.
Their CL record at home this season stands at 2 victories and 2 draws with 12 goals scored and two goals conceded. Their last home fixture in the Champions League saw them finish without a goal against FC Porto.
In the away fixture however, they recorded an astonishing 5-0 win. Mane was the star of the show, collecting the match ball after his hat trick. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were also on target.
The Reds will find solace in the fact that they managed to beat the league leaders in the last fixture and have the overall head to head advantage.
Liverpool have won 102 matches, drawn 52 times and lost on 54 occasions to Manchester City overall. Jurgen Klopp has been superior over the years to Pep Guardiola in the head to head section with 6 victories, a draw and 5 defeats. The home fans will hope that their team brings them win number 103 today.
INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND POTENTIAL LINEUPS
Klopp will be lacking the services of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez due to injuries. Adam Lallana is also out of the tie with a hamstring problem and Emre Can is a doubt to make a start in the tie.
The Cityzens will have to go into the tie without in form Sergio Aguero who is out with an injury. Benjamin Mendy is still not back from his long term injury and will not be in the squad for the fixture. Fabian Delph is known to have recovered and is contention to play in the match.
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Laporte, Otamendi, Kompany, Walker, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Sane, Jesus
Liverpool XI: Karius, Alexander Arnold, Van Djik, Dejan Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino
On the side of Liverpool, their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be the most dangerous but the focus will be mainly on PFA player of the year favorite, Mohamed Salah.
His record so far in the CL has been good with total of 8 goal involvements in 8 games (6 goals 2 assists).
Pep Guardiola will put his hopes on the playmaking skills of Kevin De Bruyne to help him get a good result.
His CL tally stands at one goal and 4 assists and he would look to add to that. The Reds will have to nullify his influence to have a chance of winning.
This game spells goals. Like the last encounter they had in the premier league, I will not be surprised if they score 2 or more goals each so I will go for a draw. I simply cannot separate the two sides in this one.