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Manchester City Women v Leicester City Women: Vitality Women’s FA Cup Quarter Final Photo by Charlotte Tattersall - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

A busy day for the Manchester City Women’s side, and the Men turning toward Liverpool FC, highlight this edition of the Sky Blue News.


Bunny has her best performance in a City shirt to send the Ladies through to the FA Cup Semis.

City dominated possession throughout the game’s opening exchanges, with Lauren Hemp testing Leicester stopper Demi Lambourne early on at the Academy Stadium.

However, Leicester weren’t there to simply make up the numbers, with Jess Sigworth’s powerful 16th minute strike flying just over the crossbar, as the Foxes looked to upset the odds.

Gareth Taylor’s side continued to knock on the Foxes’ door throughout the first half, Hemp and fellow forward Jess Park both going close, but it was to no avail, with the two teams going in goalless at the break.

But our pressure finally told just one minute after the break, as striker Shaw tapped home from close-range after being played in by Hemp.

Women’s FA Cup round-up: Manchester City set up Chelsea semi-final - Sky Sports

Next up for the Lady Sky Blues is chief rival Chelsea FC.

Gareth Taylor’s City, who had lost each of their last three matches in all competitions, registered all six of their goals in the second half, with Jamaica forward Shaw putting them ahead moments after the break.

Vicky Losada doubled the advantage, Shaw made it 3-0 and Alex Greenwood added a penalty after Lauren Hemp had been brought down in the box by Esmee De Graaf.

Shaw then completed her treble with an 85th-minute header before Filippa Angeldahl concluded the scoring.

The amazing Kevin De Bruyne numbers that show Man City star can get back to his best at Anfield - Alex Brotherton - Manchester Evening News

KDB will be looking to regain his form at Anfield on the weekend.

The Belgian did not have his finest outing, but we should not forget he has recently returned from a niggling ankle injury sustained at Euro 2020. While he has shown flashes of brilliance this term, he is understandably yet to reach his top form.

De Bruyne is clearly still not at 100%, isolated moments of genius make him a player who rarely goes a game without astounding spectators and peers alike.

His only goal of the season so far, City’s first in the 6-1 defeat of Wycombe Wanderers, was a brilliant curler into the bottom corner after he cut in off the left-hand side. The directness of his running and passing and the fear he instilled in the opposition during that Carabao Cup tie was something City painfully lacked in his absence.

Why Losing To PSG Is The Lesser Of Manchester City’s Evils - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue

Petec21 sees more value in going top of the table over winning a group stage match in the UCL.

It must have been fate that drew the two teams together in what was viewed as the ‘oil derby,’ or the ‘battle of the chequebooks,’ but it was an eagerly anticipated clash of two teams who let the talking be done on the pitch.

And while it didn’t exactly go to plan for City, it can be viewed as a match that City could afford to lose, particularly when their matches either side of this match were against potential Premeir League title contenders.

It was City’s first group stage defeat since Lyon beat the blues in September 2018 and it had to happen sometime, and in the middle of the blues fixtures week from hell, it was the one that mattered the least.

City won their opening fixture 6-3 against RB Leipzig, and travel to Club Bruges on 19th October. They then face the Belgians in Manchester at the beginning of November, before welcoming PSG for the return fixture. If the blues win both their matches against Bruges, it will put them five points clear of their opponents, meaning qualification will be almost a certainty.

Liverpool and Fabinho Quickly Turn Attention to Manchester City - Noel Chomyn - The Liverpool Offside

Our friends at the Liverpool Offside set the stage for the weekend test of wills among Premier League heavyweights.

After the first six rounds of league play, Liverpool are the Premier League’s only undefeated side with four wins and a pair of draws, putting them a point ahead of City who have a loss and draw to go with their own four wins so far this season.

A single point is all that separates the two sides—and not just this season, but going back three whole seasons to the start of 2018-19. In that time, Liverpool have earned a Premier League leading 279 points while City have earned 278.

For three years, everyone else has been playing catch-up with Jürgen Klopp’s Reds and Pep Guardiola’s Citizens. On Sunday, the two meet once again to see if they can determine which should be considered favourites this season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready for Man City to ‘strike back’ in Premier League clash - Joshua Smith - Manchester Evening News

Klopp likes the look of his side ahead of his latest clash with Pep.

City fell to defeat at the Parc des Princes in Paris following goals from Lionel Messi and ex-Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

It came as Liverpool were taking control of Group B as they ran out 5-1 winners at Porto.

And following that match, Klopp was asked about the upcoming clash against City but said his side will ‘need much more things than just momentum’.

Klopp told BT Sport: “Always helps [momentum] but against City it doesn’t help at all we need much more things than just momentum and we need to play better than we did tonight but that’s clear anyway.

Manchester City keeping close tabs on £103 million-rated Harry Kane alternative - Nikhil Venkat Sai - Man City Square

And finally, a new name emerges as a possible January transfer target at striker.

The lack of a proper finisher or a proper number nine was covered to an extent by the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres but the problem became very much evident in the 2-0 defeat against PSG wherein City created many chances but failed to capitalize on them.

City are likely to return this January to the market for a striker. Having said that, Sport Witness understands that the Cityzens are eyeing Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. Osimhen has made a bright start to his season, notching up six goals from as many games. Having said that, the Serie A side have consequently slapped a mammoth price tag on Osimhen.

Napoli are looking to recover as much as £103 million (€120 million) from the probable sale of Osimhen which roughly translates to double the amount that they paid for his services when they bought him from Lille.

It is further understood that the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid are also interested in signing the Nigerian international.

That’s all for today. Keep it right here at Sky Blue News as we build toward Anfield.