Guardiola will not trick Klopp

Guardiola will not trick Klopp

 

After the triumphal match at Anfield, Liverpool will head to Etihad on Tuesday to confirm ambitions for the Champions League trophy this season.

In the first match, Liverpool managed to neutralize Manchester City’s midfield, consisting of Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan and Sane. The latter couldn’t overcome the defensive redoubt, created by the 19-year old Trent Alexander-Arnold, and for the ninety minutes of the match rest against the front line. The German’s passages to the penalty area were neutralized by Lovren and the only forward Gabriel Jesus had nothing to oppose Virgil van Dijk. Not even once did Manchester City hit the target of Loris Karius’ goal throughout the game, having updated the anti-record  date after the derby against Manchester United last season.

The Merseysiders defended in the second half. A year ago and at the beginning of the current season it was the main problem of Jurgen Klopp’s team. On the 4th of April, the Reds managed to overcome themselves and show progress in the defensive line.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will not play at Etihad because of yellow card accumulation. Emre Can’s participation in the game is in question, who got injured in the Germany national team camp. Thus, the central line of the guests’ midfield will be weakened and Manchester City will occupy two or three quarters of the field.

Mohamed Salah should not be disregarded. Because of the absence of a left defender in Pep Guardiola’s team, the function was performed by Aymeric Laporte, whom the Egyptian passed with ease at Anfield. Therefore in the second game the Citizens’ hegemony will go to a higher level, considering the necessity of three goals. Thanks to that, Salah, Firmino and Mane will break into the free zones and create moments in counter-attacks

Bookmakers believe in Manchester City’s victory in this specific match – 1.5. However, they give preference to Klopp and company on the advancement to semi-finals. The odds on the Reds’ advancement to the four strongest are 1.12. Operators’ thoughts correctly describe the teams’ chances, as one goal by the guests will make the Citizens score five times, which is an impossible task with Liverpool defense’s progress.