Man City vs L'Pool: Preview, team news, updates & prediction

Champions League By: Uche Duru | 10/04/2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his side against complacency as they look to protect a 3-0 first-leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final against Man City at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

Liverpool scored three times in the first half at Anfield last Wednesday to put one foot in the last four of Europe's premier club competition.

Klopp, though, insists the visitors are not the favourites to progress to the semi-finals.

 

Forward Mohamed Salah, who has scored 38 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season, missed out due to a groin injury as the Reds shared a goalless draw at city rivals Everton on Saturday.

Meanwhile, City had hoped to head into the tie having secured the Premier League title with a derby victory over arch-rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

However, they allowed a 2-0 lead to slip from their grasp as Jose Mourinho's team emerged with a memorable 3-2 win at the Etihad.

Team News

Jordan Henderson is suspended for the game after picking up a late booking at Anfield in the first leg, which is a blow.

Add to that the absence of Emre Can, and Liverpool have big personnel issues in midfield, with Gini Wijnaldum set to start in the No. 6 role.

Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Adam Lallana are also missing, but Salah is fit, with the Egyptian’s pace and movement set to be so key at the Etihad.

Nathaniel Clyne impressed on his return to the side against Everton on Saturday, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is still favourite to start at right-back.

Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk will again be paired at centre-back, while Andrew Robertson should return in place of Ragnar Klavan.

Sergio Aguero could make his first start for more than a month after returning to action following a knee injury as a late substitute against United on the weekend.

There may still be a doubt over defender John Stones, who missed the derby with a muscle problem.

City will be missing left-back Benjamin Mendy, with the France international having returned to training after a long-term knee problem, but still lacking match fitness.

Head to Head

In Liverpool's last five away games against Manchester City in all competitions, the Kops have lost three, drew one and lost one. 

Recent Form

In Manchester City's last five games across all competitions, they have lost three and won two while Liverpool have won three, lost one and drew one in their last 5 games in all competitions.

Managers Quote

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): 

"They had two results nobody expected but we had to play our best to bring that, and United for sure,” he insisted.

"City could have scored five or six [in the first half of their derby match].

"It will not be a surprise. We have to be at our best again. That’s how it is."

Predictions

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool (Aggregate: City 3-5 Liverpool)
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