Liverpool vs Man City (LIVE UPDATES): Klopp, Guardiola seek Champions League semifinal berth

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. [Photo credit: Liverpool FC]
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. [Photo credit: Liverpool FC]

The stage is set for the all-English quarter-final battle in the Champions League with Liverpool hosting their Premier League rivals at Anfield tonight in the first leg tie.

As attack-minded coaches, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will be looking to outsmart themselves as they seek to progress in Europe’s biggest club competition.

While the game could swing anyway, there is a consensus that goals should follow tonight at Merseyside.

This two teams have netted a combined 163 goals this season and much more is expected tonight!

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for live updates… Kickoff 7.45p.m.


STARTING XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Firmino, Salah

SUBS: Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Masterson


STARTING XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sane; Jesus

SUBS: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Sterling, Delph, Bernardo, Zinchenko

Kick off at Anfield

Safe hands from Loris Karius as he comes out and claims the ball

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is ruled offside

Goal!!! Mohamed Salah with the goal

Goal number 38 of the season for Mohamed Salah, whose incredible 2017-18 goes on. This breakthrough goal came via a counter-attack

The home team have had 36% of possession compared to the away team’s 64%

GOAL!! Nobody saw that coming Chamberlain makes it 2

Manchester City with a mountain to climb now

Pace of Chamberlain really troubling the city defence

GOAL… Sadio Mane makes it 3-0

Many predicted goals tonight but not many saw a one-way traffic as we presently have it

Liverpool had a three-goal advantage against City in that January fixture here only to concede twice to leave them holding on. Will City do that again

In the other game tonight… Barcelona are 1-0 up against Roma

SHOT! Firmino gets away from Kompany and Gundogan and takes the shot on. The ball flew marginally over the crossbar

Liverpool are the only team to score 3+ goals against Man City this season – this is the 2nd time they have done so

Half Time Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

Second half already underway

Liverpool and Manchester City have met 178 times with the Reds recording 87 wins and City taking 45 wins… 46 ended in draws

They say it is only a madman that continues to do the same thing and expects a different result but will Pep change City’s approach in the 2nd half? #UCL #lLIVMCI

Pep said in his pre-match press conference, “The way they [Liverpool] attack the space, they are so good. Of course, we will try to do something, but I feel the best way to win is to play how we’ve been doing as a group all season.”

Barcelona take two-goal lead from two own goals from Roma

Barcelona cruising as they score the third through Pique

Guendogan is leaving the field to be replaced by Raheem Sterling in a tactical substitution

The referee signals a free kick as Fernandinho trips Sadio Mane

Chance for Nicolas Otamendi but his header goes off target

Roberto Firmino leaves the field to be replaced by Dominic Solanke

GOAL Alert.. Dzeko with a left foot finish makes it Barcelona 3-1 Roma

He has been quiet all night but Jesus tries an audacious bicycle-kick wide off goal

The referee shows Gabriel Jesus the yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Yellow card for Kevin De Bruyne also.. City players losing the game and losing their heads

GOAL Alert… Luis Suarez makes it 4-1 for Barcelona

City are left livid after they had a goal chalked off as offside

Yellow card for Jordan Henderson

Full Time in Spain Barcelona 4-1 Roma

Three minutes added on..

Full time Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

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