Liverpool is all set to play Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarterfinals. The announcement was made during the quarterfinals draw in Nyon on March 16th. The first leg will be at Anfield on April 4th while the second leg will kick off at the Etihad Stadium on April 10th.
This will be the first Champions League quarterfinal meeting between two English sides since Chelsea played Manchester United in 2010/11. Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two English teams still left in the competition, so it is a slight shame that one of them will have to be eliminated when the sides clash.
Before the quarterfinal kicks off, four Liverpool players are expected to join the England squad for the friendly matches against Holland and Italy in March. England’s odds of winning the World Cup this year are a humble 14/1. So, hopefully, these matches won’t tire out greats such as Lallana, Henderson, Gomez and Oxlade-Chamberlain before the Champions League clash.
Liverpool secured their place in the last eight by beating Porto in a stunning 5-0 first-leg victory. The second leg was less eventful, with not a single goal to shout about, but Liverpool still put in an impressive and professional performance and did what they needed to do to make the quarters. Man City secured their place by beating Basel 5-2 on aggregate.
This will be Liverpool’s first quarterfinal in nine years. It’s been a while since The Reds made an impact in the Champions League. They were well known for their European performances back in the 70s and 80s, but they won their only recent Champions League trophy in 2004/05, well over a decade ago now.
Man City, on the other hand, have never won a European Champions League. They will be chasing their first final win this year, and to be honest, they are looking to be in better shape than they have ever been. This could be their year.
Of course, only one English team can make it through to the semifinals. Man City has had nothing short of a superb season so far, and with the league leaders now 21 points clear of 4th place Liverpool, they are verging on being crowned Premier League champions depending on the outcome of their next games.
Man City and Liverpool are the leading goal scorers in the Premier League, with City having scored 85 goals over the course of 30 games and Liverpool scoring 68 goals in the same number of matches. The attacking form of both teams should make for an exciting quarterfinal.
Liverpool is currently the only team to have beaten Manchester City in this season’s league, ending City’s astounding unbeaten run with a 4-3 win at Anfield on January 14th. In their previous meeting, City beat Liverpool 5-0 at Etihad. It could go either way, but Liverpool will have to work hard to knock City off their perch. Will the club’s greater European experience be a factor?
As well as the Liverpool versus Man City quarterfinal, European champions Real Madrid will face Italian champions Juventus in a repeat of the 2017 final match, which Real won 4-1. La Liga leaders Barcelona will face Roma. Sevilla, who knocked out Manchester United in the last 16, will face five times European Champions Bayern Munich. Only excellent teams are left in the Champions League. Let’s hope to see Liverpool put on their best performance to reclaim European glory!