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Liverpool v Manchester City - 7.45pm Weds 4th April 2018 - Champions League Quarter Final 1st leg Pr

Skoorb

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#1
City return to Merseyside on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League Quarter Final tie against The Glorious European History Boys……the first time the two side have met in a European competition.

By the time the game starts I am sure City fans will be roundly sick of hearing about Liverpool’s ‘Fabulous European Nights’ and their ‘history in the competition’, about how they have won it 5 times (actually they have only won the CL once, the four other successes were in the European Cup which was an entirely different format……and a long time ago) :040: :012: Doubtless, an endless line of ex-dippers will have been lined up by the media to bang on about all this stuff feeding into the hysteria which set a number of supposed fans (aka morons) to plan an ambush the City coach on the way to the ground.

Now don’t get me wrong, Liverpool FC have a superlative record in domestic and European competition - 18 First Division titles; 7 FA Cups; 8 League Cups as well as consecutive titles and a host of league and cup doubles. An absolutely fantastic record……..but sadly one which leads many of their supporters to continue to look backwards, wallow in past glories and create a current sense of ill-deserved entitlement. No club deserves success in the present JUST because they achieved it in the past.

It may be a cliché but Pep will want his players to play the game and not the occasion - the reason it is a cliché is because it is true. Pep is clearly aware of it and he will have made sure that this message has been impressed upon the players - he was sending messages out to this effect after the defeat of Everton at the weekend and we can be sure that he will have pressed this home in the player briefings. The atmosphere at Anfield will be be rocking there is no doubt as the scousers follow up any illegal attempts at intimidation by the thoroughly legitimate means of making a lot of noise in support of their club.

The 2819 City fans who make it into the stadium will need to work hard to make themselves heard but I have non doubt that they will be doing their level best. What Pep will NOT want is a 15 minute period where his players produced probably their worst defensive period in the season. He has bags of experience and will need to draw on all of it as he prepares to face Jurgen Klopp’s side but you can bet your mortgage that Pep will not be deterred - he will have a plan and he will want his players to play their football.

Officials

To be confirmed……

Team News

Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez who picked up an injury on the international break as well as Lallana. Emre Can may face a late fitness test.

Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno are a booking away from a ban

City will be waiting on news about the fitness of Sergio Aguero who has been sidelined with a ‘minor’ knee problem since before the international break. John Stones may be available after sitting out a seven day period for the concussion he picked up against Italy last week and we await news on Delph’s availability. Laporte appears to be a doubt also having picked up a knock (foot) on Saturday.

Danilo, Gundogan and Fernandinho will all incur a suspension if they pick up a yellow card.

The big question for Pep Guardiola in respect of his team has to be whether to start Raheem Sterling. Since his departure from Merseyside the lad has been subjected to a level of vitriol and vilification which appears to get to him when playing against his old club. As far as the opposing fans are concerned then it is job done - their campaigns on social media have induced a level of performance anxiety beyond their wildest dreams. Whether Sterling can finally overcome this remains to be seen. I have no doubt whatsoever about the young man’s character but whether this game is one where he may be best deployed as a substitute is perhaps Pep’s biggest conundrum. In terms of his team’s set up he clearly will need to have a plan to deal with the Premier League’s leading goalscorer, Mo Salah. He has hit the ground running in the Premier League and was quick to take advantage of a rare error by Ederson in January’s league game.

City’s record against Liverpool at Anfield does not make good reading and playing at this ground represents a ‘blind spot’ for the club. City have lost on their last five league visits and we have to go back to the heady days of Kevin Keegan’s coaching time at City for the last victory.

So if history is to be changed then Wednesday could be no better time than to start the next chapter for Manchester City F.C

It could be a classic…..but one where I may have to watch from behind the sofa.

Come on City!!!

P.S. If you want a serious amount of detail about the fixture and each of the clubs check out the impressive UEFA Match Press Pack.

https://www.uefa.com/printoutfiles/competitions/uefachampionsleague/2018/e/e_2021702_pk.pdf

Someone at UEFA is kept seriously busy keeping these up to date.
 

Skoorb

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#2
I will update the details of the enormous officiating team once details become available.

What will all the spare guys who stand at the side of the goals with their Harry Potter wands do when goal line technology is introduced?
 

Bluedub

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#3
Already am roundly sick of their nonsense.

In regards Sterling, I'd be inclined to leave him out for Bernardo although I do wonder would a non English ref allow Liverpool away with the treatment that's been dished out to him in previous games, nothing would be sweeter than to see him put them in their place.
 

Rising

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#5
I'm in a quandary here because I don't know what I want more, to see us comfortably through to the second leg or to smash the rags on Saturday.
I don't think we can do both, it's too difficult.

 

johnkelv

Vital Football Hero
#6
We should put all our eggs into the Dippers, the title can wait a bit with a weak team vs the Rags.
Sterling does have issues at Anfield, so bring in the Doctor. The game is 180mins, so we should aim not to lose at Anfield and take them at home, yes we can do it. For the first time in my life the Derby matters less.
 
#7
Rising - 2/4/2018 10:16


I'm in a quandary here because I don't know what I want more, to see us comfortably through to the second leg or to smash the rags on Saturday.
I don't think we can do both, it's too difficult.
Maureen will want to finish second so he wont want to drop points, but I wonder if he will take us on, but in the meantime we have a tough one at Liverpool, who would also love to win this CL and we need to get a couple of away goals at least
 
#8
Bluedub - 2/4/2018 09:09

Already am roundly sick of their nonsense.

In regards Sterling, I'd be inclined to leave him out for Bernardo although I do wonder would a non English ref allow Liverpool away with the treatment that's been dished out to him in previous games, nothing would be sweeter than to see him put them in their place.
Me too, the crowd gets to him and he tries too hard (making mistakes) instead of playing his normal game
 

Tudor

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#9
Germans Take Charge Of Liverpool vs Manchester City

UEFA has appointed ‘all German’ officials for Wednesday evenings Champions League quarter-final first round tie between Liverpool and Manchester City.

http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=591251
 

kennyclementstache

Vital Football Legend
#11
If you leave Sterling out because of the 'banter' from the opposing fans then that suggests that they have won. Sterlings best way to shut them up is to get on with the game and maybe score the winner. Left back could be an issue but then again they will be focused on how to mark Sane. And Red Kev. And Merlin.

Sadly I feel we must acknowledge Liverpool's previous European Cup success as to ignore it would similarly obscure our own, albeit modest success on the European stage. For anyone unfamiliar with events prior to 2008 I am of course referring to that glorious goodnight Vienna back in 1970 when men were men and shorts were short and we overcame of the might of Gornik by the odd goal in three. Should we go on to win this seasons CL then we can rightly claim parity with our Scouse neighbours.

Good times - but mind the gap!



 

Skoorb

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#12
The Officials

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee (aka Harry Potter Wand waver) 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee (aka Harry Potter Wand waver) 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee observer Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate Tormod Larsen (NOR)
 

Skoorb

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#13
Rising - 2/4/2018 10:16


I'm in a quandary here because I don't know what I want more, to see us comfortably through to the second leg or to smash the rags on Saturday.
I don't think we can do both, it's too difficult.
The heart says full steam ahead against the rags, the head says 'listen to Pep' :007:

Not a problem for Wednesday in any event so here is my possible starting XI & subs

Ederson

Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte

De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva D

Sterling, G Jesus, Sané

Subs

Bravo, Stones, Delph, Danilo, Silva B, Gundogan, Aguero,
 

nedkelly

Vital Squad Member
#14
4.45am start in Sydney. How on earth is one supposed to get to sleep the night before!

Best team against the dippers for me is RS on the bench and Kun starting with Jesus for the latter's work rate. Pep must cut the supply lines to their front three. Simple. If Kun is unavailable Id play Merlin as a false 9 and slip in the dog to help Fern.

The title is in the bag so Im not worried if the moaning one gets a meaningless victory on Saturday. Happy to get over the line with a series of scoreless draws.

Cannot stand the dippers. Please no brain farts.
 
#15
Skoorb - 2/4/2018 14:56

The Officials

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee (aka Harry Potter Wand waver) 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee (aka Harry Potter Wand waver) 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee observer Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate Tormod Larsen (NOR)
Byrch sent off Clichy, in another match he booked three players all City, not looking good for the Blues
 

Hominid

Vital Squad Member
#16
I'd start Bernardo, with Sterling on the bench. I think I'd also play Jesus from the off, as Kun, even if available, always seems to take a bit of time to get back up to speed after an injury. Left back is an issue for me; do we play Delph, Laporte or Zinchenko?