Manchester City is one win away from clinching the 2017-18 Premier League title, but before this weekend’s clash against Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s squad will travel to Merseyside for a highly-anticipated showdown against Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. City’s lone loss this Premier League season came at the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield in mid-January. Mohamed Salah scored in the second half to put the game away as the Reds notched a 4-3 win.
Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero, who did not travel with the team for the first leg due to a knee injury. That leaves the door open for Gabriel Jesus who will likely start in Aguero’s place.
Here’s how you can watch the match and our prediction:
How to watch
When: Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 2
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
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City tries to bottle up Liverpool with its possession, but the Reds take care of business at home where they haven’t lost to City since 2003 thanks to Klopp’s all-out style of attack. Salah scores twice but Kevin De Bruyne scores an away goal late to keep Guardiola’s side alive in the second leg.
Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1.
The Champions League quarter-final meeting between Liverpool and Manchester City is not simply a domestic battle for a place in the last four of Europe’s elite tournament.
It is a confrontation between two of Europe’s most charismatic, high-profile managers in Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and City’s Pep Guardiola.
It is also a confrontation between the two best attacking sides in the Premier League, with 163 goals between them. And Liverpool are still the only side to beat Manchester City in their runaway title success.
So where will the key battles be and who will come out on top?
Titanic clash between Klopp and Guardiola
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
Jurgen Klopp (left) has a good record as a manager against Pep Guardiola
Klopp’s record of six victories in 12 games against Guardiola with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool – in opposition to Bayern Munich and Manchester City respectively – means he has the best record of managerial success against the Catalan.
It hardly makes Klopp Guardiola’s nemesis. Guardiola has five wins, and both have had success this season with City winning 5-0 at Etihad Stadium in September before Liverpool came out on top 4-3 at Anfield in January.
Both managerial styles are so entrenched, principles so firm, that neither is likely depart from them even in a game of this importance.
Klopp’s Liverpool will go all-out attack, while City will play the possession game bolted on to the pace of a superb attack, which is Guardiola’s hallmark.
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “This will be everything that is good about football. We over-hype many games these days – but this is a game that cannot be over-hyped.
“There are times people expect a classic and never see it, but I would be very surprised if this is anything less than that when these two teams and managers meet with a place in the Champions League semi-finals at stake.
“The hype is justified because they can’t play any other way than by going at each other.”