Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview
The stage is set for probably the most enthralling battle of this season’s Champions League quarterfinals showdown. With much at stake, the Reds of Merseyside, Liverpool will welcome the Blues of Manchester, Manchester City, for the Wednesday’s first leg of all-English Champions League quarterfinals, at Anfield. The riveting contest is scheduled to start at 7:45 pm GMT. And, you can be able to watch Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Stream for free.
Manchester City and Liverpool have faced two times against each other in this season’s Premier League competition. The Citizens thrashed the Reds by a thumping 5-0 score-line at home whereas, the Reds got their payback in the reverse fixture when they toppled soon to be the Premier League Champions by a 4-3 margin at Anfield.
Liverpool and Champions League affair goes way back into the 1970s and 1980s, when the Reds got hold of the top-prized competition for four times amidst eight seasons.
Meanwhile, since the historical triumph, Liverpool failed to make an exceptional impact on the Champions League platform for more than 20 years. However, with the 2004/05 Istanbul finale success, the new hopes were raised for the Merseyside Club, as they managed a 5th grab at the Champions League trophy.
The hosts failed to make into the last year’s Champions League competition by poor league finish. The Startling failure of not participating in Europe’s top-prized competition incubated tons of criticisms toward the English side.
With the beginning of the new season, the Reds had a valid point to prove this time around, which in fact, they are looking like doing it. After finishing at the top in their respective group, Liverpool thrashed FC Porto by a thumping 5-0 aggregate score-line in the two-legged round of 16 tie.
With the prominent service of Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, Klopp’s men are keen to continue their remarkable journey towards the possible 6th Champions League triumph.
Manchester City are undoubtedly running away with the title of ‘best English club’ with the recent success. After making the first appearance at the round of 16 stage in 2013/14 season, the Citizens had a belter of a season when they reached into the semifinals of 2015/16 season, where Real Madrid defeated them with a 1-0 aggregate score-line, which ended their last shot at the maiden Champions League triumph.
Manchester City were unable to move past through the round of 16 stage in the last season’s competition. However, with mammoth confidence in their side, the Blues are favorites to be crowned European champions this time around.
Pep Guardiola’s army had a comfortable group-stage outing as the English giants finished at the top of their group and marched onto the knockout stages. Manchester City were tied against Basel in the round of 16, which was a comparatively easy picking for the Citizens.
After trashing the Swiss opponent by a 4-0 deficit in the first leg away from home, Manchester City went on to lose the second leg by 2-1 score-line at Etihad Stadium, however, paved their way into the exhilarating last 8 confrontations.
Coming into the Wednesday’s stellar quarterfinal clash, City will be eyeing a resounding victory to continue their journey for a maiden Champions League berth. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will be keen to lift the top-prized competition for 3rd time in his managerial career.Hence, Liverpool vs Manchester City live stream will be so exciting to watch.
Head to Head
The Wednesday’s meeting will be the 179th face-off between the two English clubs in all competitions. However, this will also mark as a first-ever collision at the European competition.
The most recent Premier League confrontation between the two clubs ended in a 4-3 win for the Reds at Anfield, which is the venue for the first leg clash.
Key Players to Watch
The majestic striker has been in an exceptional form for the hosts this season, across all competitions. With the tally of 6 Champions League goals so far this season, Salah holds a peculiar characteristic of scoring quality goals at crucial stages.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian powerhouse was in a score-sheet for the Reds in their latest triumph over the Citizens, which boosts his confidence of inflicting another misery to the English rivals.
Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian midfielder has been hands down the most significant player for the Citizens in the on-going season. Kevin De Bruyne has the tally of 1 goal and 4 assists in the Champions League journey so far.
Apart from his ability to hold up the midfield and create astonishing chances upfront, the ‘Belgian Ginger Pele’ posses an immense pace which becomes a severe headache for the opposition back-line.
Courtesy of the majestic performance all around, De Bruyne holds a key for the visitors to get a vital lead in the first-leg confrontation against the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are in despair with 4 injuries ahead of the big clash. Midfielder Adam Lallana suffered a late muscle injury which keeps him away from the first leg showdown.
Similarly, striker Dominic Solanke remains sidelined for the Reds following a toe injury.
Furthermore, German midfielder Emre Can is still recovering from his back injury and is expected to watch the home tie from the dressing room.
Meanwhile, the return of defender Andrew Robertson is the major boost for Liverpool ahead of the crunching quarterfinal clash.
Meanwhile, the visitors are tormented by the injury to prolific striker Sergio Aguero, as the Argentine forward is still battling through his knee injury and remains doubtful for the important away tie.
The latest injury will fume pep Guardiola to his go-to defender John Stones. The English defender remains a doubt for the fixture following a late concussion.
Furthermore, defender Benjamin Mendy is still out of the action for the Citizens, following an end-September’s ligament injury.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Lineup (Predicted XI)
Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Arnold (RB), Matip (RCB), Van Dijk (LCB), Robertson (LB)
MID: Wijnaldum (RM), Henderson (CM), Milner (LM)
FOR: Salah (RF), Firmino (CF), Mane (LF)
Manchester City Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Walker (RB), Otamendi (RCB), Kompany (LCB), Danilo (LB)
MID: De Bruyne (RM), Fernandinho (CM), Silva (LM)
FOR: Sterling (RF), Jesus (CF), Sane (LF)
Liverpool vs Manchester City Prediction
Before heading towards Liverpool vs Manchester Live Stream, lets predict the scoreline. The Wednesday’s first-leg fixture will mark the 10th Champions League knockout tie between the English clubs in the history of the top-prized competition. Meanwhile, it will be a debut faceoff for Liverpool and Manchester City in the European competition.
Liverpool have looked strong at their home turf in the on-going season. With the unbreakable trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino upfront, the Reds are sure to inflict serious dominance over the visitor’s back-line.
Meanwhile, the Citizens will be in the service of Kevin De Bryune, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, who have looked imperious for the Pep Guardiola’s army so far this season. With the quality of football, they are playing this season, the Citizens are looking hard to resist for the English counterparts.
Besides the clubs faceoff, the Wednesday’s mega-match will mark the 13th head to head battle between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. The German manager has a 6-5 lead over his Spanish rival, who is looking to even the odds this time around.
With expected goal fest, the two English juggernauts will have a cracker of the contest this Wednesday. Analyzing the Red’s prolific home run, we predict a 3-2 first-leg lead for the home side.
Time for Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Stream
Following are the kick-off times of the Champions League game across 5 continents:-
Europe (UK) – 7:45 pm, Wednesday
North America (USA) – 2:45 pm, Wednesday
South America (Brazil) – 3:45 pm, Wednesday
Asia (India) – 12:15 am, Thursday
Australia – 4:45 am, Thursday
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