Liverpool secured an emphatic 3-0 victory at Anfield in the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash versus Manchester City on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola took a cautious approach while naming his City team for this clash while Jurgen Klopp decided to trust his best players to get a positive result out of this clash.
The Reds deployed a 4-3-3 formation with Jurgen Klopp’s opting for an all-English midfield. Jurgen Klopp’s idea was to include hard-working players in his midfield to enable them to press City high up the pitch. The back four almost picked itself because of the recent injuries to Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez while Klopp once again put his faith on the terrific front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Pep Guardiola opted for an unorthodox 3-2-4-1 formation and decided to start IIkay Gündogan in place of Raheem Sterling to try and give his team more control in the midfield. The Spaniard was without the services of Sergio Aguero but was hoping that Gabriel Jesus would be able to fill the Argentine’s shoes up top for City.
Liverpool’s early pressing:
The home side let the Citizens have the ball in the early exchanges of the match with most of City’s play coming down the left flank as Sane looked to cause some damage by going past Trent Alexander-Arnold. However, Pep Guardiola’s side struggled to go past the Liverpool defence as they did not…