Klopp’s Liverpool handed tough opponents Manchester City in Champions League quarterfinals


While the two English clubs face off in an intriguing tie, there is a repeat of last season’s final for Real Madrid and Juventus

Liverpool have been draw to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, two-time defending champions Real Madrid have been tasked with a clash against Juventus – a repeat of last season’s final – while Barcelona will tackle Roma and Sevilla’s reward for ousting Manchester United is a meeting with Bayern Munich.

It is, however, the clash between the two Premier League clubs that is the tie of the round.

The Reds swept past Porto 5-0 over two legs to reach the last eight of the competition while Pep Guardiola’s men defeated Basel with almost equal ease, seeing the Swiss off 5-2.

The clubs have played twice already this season, with City getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s men 5-0 when the sides met in September – a match infamous for Sadio Mane’s challenge on home goalkeeper Ederson, which left the goalkeeper with a gruesome injury and saw the Liverpool attacker sent off.

Klopp’s side have better memories of their meeting in January, though. The Reds won a storming match at Anfield 4-3, with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Made and Mohamed Salah all on target. Leroy Sane had levelled for City at 1-1, but their late rally through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan proved fruitless.

It is just the second time in history that City have reached the last-eight of the competition. In 2015-16, they defeated PSG 3-2 on aggregate but lost to Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have won the European Cup on five occasions.
The first legs will take place on April 3 and 4, while the second legs of the ties will be played on April 10 and 11.



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