Rocking Anfield Can Serve Up Something Special as Liverpool Face City
English football’s Champions League dry spell is now into its sixth year, with Chelsea’s win in 2012 the last time a Premier League side tasted success at Europe’s top table, but there are many who believe that will end this term.
Only Barcelona sit above Manchester City in the betting for Champions League success – 188BET have those two sides priced at 3.70 and 4.00 respectively – and Pep Guardiola’s brilliant team are well fancied to go all the way in Europe.
But to do that, Pep’s boys must see off Liverpool over two legs in the quarterfinals. There are few easy games at this stage of the competition, but Guardiola would probably have preferred pretty much any other side left in the draw. City has been painting brilliant pictures on their romp to the Premier League title – which could be sealed at the weekend – but the Reds are a mighty obstacle in their path to European dominance.
City holds absolutely no fear for Liverpool; in truth, Jurgen Klopp’s side does not fear any side. The Reds play the game on the front foot and in the faces of the opposition. It’s a tactical approach that can sometimes be their undoing, as there are times when it is better to hold than go all in, but when they are in full flight there are few more exciting sights than Klopp’s side.
Liverpool is the only side to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season, a thrill-a-minute encounter at Anfield that ended 4-3 to the Reds. If the fans on Wednesday night are treated to anything remotely similar the club would be well advised fitting oxygen masks to seats.
Klopp spoke in his press conference on Tuesday about it being easier to lose the tie than win it in the first leg, but you get the impression that’s a smokescreen as he will instruct his side to turn the game around at pace when they win possession and give Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino the green light to attack.
If City can draw Liverpool in and pick off possession it could be a tough night for the Reds, but Anfield can be an intimidating place – even for seasoned superstars – and any weaknesses in the City camp will be exposed.
Liverpool’s record against City at home is deeply impressive. In a period spanning some 37 years, City has emerged victorious just once at Anfield and Klopp’s men have won their last five meetings on Merseyside.
It could be wise to toss past history out of the window on such an occasion, but an in-form Liverpool look well placed to eke out a first-leg advantage – which can be backed at 2.90 with 188BET.
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