Liverpool and Manchester City, the two best teams in Europe will be up against each other for the FA Cup tie at Wembley.
Both Guardiola and Klopp’s sides played an exciting 2-2 draw in the last week’s Premier League tie at Etihad. Well, now spectators will have another chance to watch these two great teams battle in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: Preview
Both Liverpool and City fought hard in their respective mid-week champions League quarterfinal ties to seal a spot in the final four. Liverpool played a thrilling 3-3 draw at Anfield, meanwhile winning 6-4 on aggregate.
On the other hand, Pep’s City had a controversial outing at the Wanda Metropolitano in a fiery 0-0 draw in the second leg. Meanwhile, their 1-0 win at the Etihad proved crucial for their progress.
The dream of a historic treble is well and truly alive for the Manchester club. Moreover, Liverpool are going for the greatest feat in the history of their club “the quadruple”.
For the first time, in the Klopp era, Liverpool have registered a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The Reds have knocked Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff City, Norwich City, and Nottingham Forest out of the tournament to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Previously, in the 2014-15 season, under Brendan Rogers, the Reds last played a semi-final tie in the competition.
In the battle between the two top sides, the prediction of the outcome of the game is near impossible. But Klopp in particular will be wary about one crucial aspect of the game.
As the German won’t be thrilled by the idea of this game going deep into extra time and possibly penalties. Liverpool are to play with their old rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Guardiola’s men, Swindon Town, Fulham, Peterborough United, and Southampton have all been no match so far in the previous rounds.
Interestingly, for the first time, Liverpool managed to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League in one season.
Moreover, the fierce rivalry between the two sides could be treated to another game this season. What if they both manage to reach the Champions League final?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had the chance to complement the options at his disposal. Many key players were rested in the second leg tie against Benfica.
But forward Diogo Jota remains to be in doubt due to a knock he sustained mid-week.
Big hitters, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane should come back in the frontline attack. Meanwhile, defenders Trent Alexander Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, and Andrew Robertson are sure to recall to the Reds back four.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz
Manchester City vs Liverpool: What Anfield Home Predicts
Wow, this is a hard one to predict.
It is a battle where the game can go either way, it’s hard to split these two sides.
But since Manchester City has got key injuries issues. Meanwhile, Klopp was able to give a good number of his big players the night off.
Moreover, their fresh legs of a free-scoring Liverpool side can carve their way through the City to advance to the final.
Liverpool looks very likely to prevail over Manchester City with a 2-1 win.