3 parts of Liverpool's win over Man City
Liverpool Echo's James Pearce believes these things can add up to Liverpool's victory over City
The Klopp factor
"Guardiola has lost five matches against Klopp in his career, more than against any other manager. The German coach has shown that it’s possible to negate City’s threat and prey on their weaknesses. Liverpool beat City 1-0 at Anfield last season courtesy of Gini Wijnaldum’s goal and were good value for their point at the Etihad in a 1-1 draw when Sergio Aguero cancelled out James Milner’s penalty. In January - a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield to wreck Guardiola’s hopes of going the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten. The final scoreline flattered City with Liverpool 4-1 up and dominant before slacking off late on. Klopp’s gameplan worked a treat."
"How Kopites have missed nights like this. Not since Chelsea arrived for a quarter-final nine years ago has Anfield hosted a European occasion as significant as this. This is Liverpool back where they belong among the elite. Guardiola bemoaned how the electric atmosphere unsettled his players in the Premier League contest three months ago. The hope is that the passion and the energy from the stands will inspire Liverpool as they look to write another memorable chapter in the club’s glorious European history."
The key men
"Much of the focus in the build up will be on Salah and De Bruyne. They have been the two outstanding performers in the top-flight this season and are battling it out for the Player of the Year prize. However, it’s Firmino who surely holds the key to Liverpool inflicting enough damage in the final third to go through over the two legs. Guardiola’s high defensive line means that the pace and flair of Salah and Mane will also be huge weapons as the Reds look to seize the initiative. At the other end concentration and discipline will be crucial as Liverpool look to deal with City’s array of firepower.
"They can’t afford to nod off like they did in the 4-3 win. Back then they were without Virgil van Dijk due to a tight hamstring and they will need his leadership back there. Andy Robertson will be tasked with ensuring it’s another miserable Anfield return for Raheem Sterling, while on the other flank Liverpool will have to try to stifle the impressive Leroy Sane. Emre Can shone in midfield against City last time and Klopp will be desperately hoping he wins his race to recover from a back problem. There must also be a temptation to start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the problems he caused Guardiola’s side."