After a dominant first leg performance the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash vs Mancity. Liverpool will be hoping to reach the Champions League semi-final for the first time since 2008. The Reds take a comfortable 3-0 home lead to the Etihad stadium hopeful of withstanding the threat from English Premier League champions-elect City.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are bolstered with the return of 38-goal sensation Mohamed Salah, who was substituted a five minutes into the second half after suffering a groin injury. The Egyptian and a number of Liverpool first team players were excluded from their corresponding league game over the weekend.
“We have to be at our best again.”
Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool a Champions League comeback is not out of Man City’s reach, saying they could have scored six goals against Man Utd. ? pic.twitter.com/0FxJdRgCsM
— Goal (@goal) April 10, 2018
The Reds will however be missing their captain Jordan Henderson, while German holding midfielder Emre Can is also out paving way for Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum to be handed a role at the center of the midfield.
The Merseysiders would be aiming to get on the score-sheet with the knowledge that scoring a goal would require the Manchester based side to score five goals to qualify.
Notwithstanding, there is a statistic that serves as concern for the five time Champions League winners, Liverpool. The Reds have never won away at any European competition featuring English opponents since 1971.
We will run, we will fight, we will give everything for @ManCity and for you. With your support, we know we can do it! Let’s overcome this challenge and make tomorrow an unforgettable night for all of us! C’mon City!!! ??#mcfc #mancity #UCL #webelieve #together pic.twitter.com/eG3XNaHVIU
— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) April 9, 2018
For 37 years , Liverpool have never beaten an English side in 10 games, however, they’ve fallen to a defeat in just three of those games, sharing the spoils in seven against quality opposition that include Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leeds and Nottingham Forest.
Leeds United 0-0 Liverpool (Fairs Cup, April 1971)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Liverpool (UEFA Cup, 1973)
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Liverpool (European Cup, September 1978)
Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool (December 2005, Champions League)
Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool (April 2005, Champions League)
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (April 2007, Champions League)
Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool AET (April 2008, Champions League)
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (April 2008, Champions League)
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (April 2009, Champions League)
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (March 2016, Europa League)
Manchester City had a mountain to climb back in 2009 in the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup. The blues needed to score 3 goals without reply similar to this tie, and they almost did. Our support that night drove them on, our support this time can push them over the line. pic.twitter.com/w2VqtzTCdu
— We Love Man City FC (@WeLoveManCityFC) April 9, 2018
The Reds also fell to a 5-0 defeat to City earlier this season, after Senegalese forward Sadio Mane who turns 26 today was sent off in the closing stages of the first half at the Etihad. A similar collapse tonight will send them out of the competition.