Reds pitted against Manchester City in final eight with the home leg first…
There is guaranteed to be an English team in the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League after the remaining two sides in the competition, Liverpool and Manchester City, were drawn against each other.
The two Premier League giants were the final two balls pulled out of the pot at the draw in Nyon on Friday morning.
Despite a chastening, albeit controversial, 5-0 defeat to the Citizens at the Etihad in September, Liverpool shouldn’t be daunted by the prospect of facing the runaway Premier League leaders, especially after becoming one of only four teams to beat City this term in the reverse league fixture at Anfield in January.
Potentially pivotally, the recently crowned League Cup victors, who will visit L4 for the first leg, have actually lost on each of their last five visits to Anfield.
The first task therefore will be for Jürgen Klopp and his players to make home advantage count once again, preferably with the conceding of away goals kept to a minimum.
Both sides enjoyed comfortable passages through the last-16 stage with Liverpool overcoming FC Porto 5-0 on aggregate and City triumphing against FC Basel 5-2 over the two legs.
The two teams have never met in European competition previously.
The first leg of the tie will take place on either April 3 or 4, with the return meeting in Manchester on April 10 or 11.
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