08 - 04
By Guillaume Mahot
They may not make it because Manchester City is completely capable of scoring four, five or six goals at home against any team in Europe, but what a first leg game!
After the 3-0 acquired earlier this week in quarter finals of the Champions’ League (goals from Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mané) in Anfield Road, Liverpool can legitimately dream of a potential qualification for the semifinals of the tournament, even though the adversary’s name is Manchester City of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola.
Led by Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, achieving his best season with 7 goals in Champions’ League and 29 in Premier League, the squad of German coach Jürgen Klopp can also rely on Senegalese Sadio Mané and Brazilian Roberto Firmino, 7 goals each in the competition.
Compelled to leave his partners in the beginning of the second half after an injury, Salah is expected in Manchester for the return but nothing has been confirmed for now. His absence, if it was about to happen, would be a terrible loss for the Reds, who will surely be forced to leave the ball possession to City next Tuesday.
There would not be any suspense if it was not City, if it was not Guardiola. But a comeback can be expected from a team that practically never loses, that scores goals and goals and whose playing is considered as the greatest all over Europe. So wait and see.