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Liverpool vs Manchester City, Champions League: Team News, Preview, Predictions

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Liverpool vs Manchester City


Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal 1st leg

Man City team news: Sergio Agüero (out, knee), John Stones (out, concussion), Benjamin Mendy (doubtful, knee)

Liverpool team news: Joel Matip (out, thigh), Joe Gomez (out, ankle), Adam Lallana (out, hamstring), Ragnar Klavan (out, knock), Ben Woodburn (out, knock), Rhian Brewster (out, fitness), Emre Can (doubtful, back)

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

How to watch on TV: BT Sport 2 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (USA), TSN2 (Canada), SuperSport 5 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: BT Sport Live (UK), Fox Sports GO (USA), TSN GO (Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


Before they have a chance to win the Premier League title at home against their biggest rivals, Manchester City begin the most important battle of the season: a two-legged Champions League battle with Liverpool for a place in the semi-finals.

This has been a truly sensational and historic campaign for Pep Guardiola and his men, but finishing the season with the Premier League and League Cup and a quarterfinal exit might be just a tad underwhelming; but two titles and a great Champions League run that ended against, say, defending champions Real Madrid in a memorable semi-final sounds a hell of a lot better, even if European glory doesn’t come.

So as good and dangerous as Jürgen Klopp’s men are, losing to them in the quarterfinals doesn’t cut it. City must go through, and despite the pressure on both sides to perform, we all know the two managers only know three ways of performing: attack, attack, and attack. This promises to be the closest and most entertaining of all the quarterfinal matchups, and we are guaranteed a lot of fun.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Man City (4-3-3):

Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Laporte; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D.Silva; Sterling, G.Jesus, Sané

Liverpool (4-3-3):

Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mané


PREDICTION

This will be fun, and tense, and fun, and tense, and City will win and get a bunch of away goals for the second leg: 3-2 to the Blues, Jesus double.