Confirmed Lineups: Liverpool vs Man City
Liverpool host Manchester City in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield this evening.
One of the most-anticipated games of the round has fans expecting end-to-end action and lots of goals on Merseyside this evening after the two teams played out a thrilling 4-3 in the Premier League back in January.
Pep Guardiola’s side is a little more defensive than usual with İlkay Gündoğan in for Raheem Sterling. The visitors are the bookmakers’ favourites to progress from this tie.
The two teams are confirmed as:
Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané
Substitutes: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Conor Masterson, Alberto Moreno, Georginio Wijnaldum, Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke
Young Irish centre-back Conor Masterson is among the Liverpool substitutes as both Joël Matip and Ragnar Klavan are sidelined. Dejan Lovren comes into defence to partner Virgil van Dijk from Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Trent Alexander-Arnold starts at right-back in an identical lineup to which we predicted earlier today, as Joe Gomez is out injured. Nathaniel Clyne is among the substitutes.
Ederson; Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, Nicolás Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte; Fernandinho, İlkay Gündoğan; David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané; Gabriel Jesus
Substitutes: Claudio Bravo, Danilo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, John Stones, Fabian Delph, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling
Pep Guardiola could be going with a 4-2-3-1 formation as both Fernandinho and İlkay Gündoğan start. The Spanish manager will be aware of the attacking threat Liverpool’s front three offer and will be looking to maintain the majority of the possession at Anfield and cut off as much supply as possible to Mohamed Salah and co.
Aymeric Laporte starts at left-back after doing so for the first time on Saturday. John Stones has recovered from concussion to take his place among the substitutes. He is joined by former-Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling who makes way for Gündoğan.
Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sané will play behind Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian scored with his only shot on Saturday in the 3-1 win at Everton whilst the trio behind him are all great playmakers and goalscorers in their own right.