Liverpool’s sensational 3-0 win against mighty Manchester City in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinal tie has handed them a massive advantage to progress through to the semis. However, the Reds still need to fight for another 90 minutes as the Cityzens will go all out at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
The Reds have significant injury issues and were forced to field a much-altered lineup against Everton in the Merseyside derby. They, however, came out unscathed and would now be determined to defend their 3-goal advantage in this highly difficult away encounter.
The German custodian has not conceded a single goal in his previous four Champions League outings and is showing his quality with exceptional saves, week in week out.
The local lad delivered his career-best display against Man City in the first leg, despite recent shambles against Manchester United and Crystal Palace. Nevertheless, he will be cautious ahead of the return leg tie to avoid any unforeseen disappointment.
The Croatian’s towering display against a free-flowing Manchester City side earned plenty of appreciation from the fans as well as pundits. However, the tie is not over yet and the centre-back must maintain his composure on Tuesday night at the Etihad.
The Reds were forced to break the bank to acquire the Dutchman in winter and his presence has transformed a fragile Liverpool backline into a resilient one who showed their ability to defend deep, in the second-half of the Anfield clash.
Might not be fully fit yet but the Scotsman could be involved in this game. He has been in scintillating form and his menacing runs down the left flank will come in handy.
The unavailability of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can could see the Dutchman slot in as the deepest midfielder.
The Englishman netted against the Cityzens in the first leg and will be upbeat ahead of their trip to Etihad.
The former Manchester City veteran will be a massive influence in the midfield due to his work rate, experience and commitment to achieve objectives.
The red-hot Egyptian missed the Everton clash following a groin strain sustained against the Cityzens last midweek but is likely to return to the starting line-up and continue his blistering form to put an end to City’s comeback dreams.
Mane has found his form and will be looking to trouble City’s right-back on Tuesday night.
The Brazilian will not only be instrumental in constituting counter-attacking moves but would also help the midfield and the defence to protect their three-goal lead.
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