The Anfield was buzzing prior to the greatest encounter of Liverpool’s season when they welcomed mighty Manchester City in a hostile ambiance and locked horns with Pep’s irresistible force in a massive Champions League quarterfinal first leg tie.
But the game turned out to be a massive surprise for the Citizens who got reminded of their Anfield nightmare once again and suffered a shocking 3-0 defeat against Klopp’s men.
Liverpool started the game cautiously and hit back on the counter when Mohamed Salah netted around 12th-minute mark. It was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s turn whose thunderous hit put the Reds further ahead on 21st minute of the game. But they were not done yet and it was Sadio Mane’s turn who picked out Salah’s cross and headed home for his side’s third just over half-an-hour mark.
The Reds maintained their defensive composure after the break too and despite Salah’s groin injury and Jordan Henderson’s second consecutive booking, they will be favorites at ahead for grabbing a 3-0 lead at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp maintained his supremacy over Pep Guardiola as the Spaniard’s hope of a Champions League title triumph is now in real danger.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Lineups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Alberto Moreno 85′), James Milner, Mohamed Salah (Georginio Wijnaldum 52′), Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino (Dominic Solanke 71′).
Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan (Raheem Sterling 57′), David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus.
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