Champions League 2017/18: 5 reasons why Liverpool will beat Manchester City
The UEFA Champions League has reached its business end as the final eight teams remain. Pre-tournament favourites Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich were lucky to avoid each other in three out of the four fixtures while the fourth one threw an all-English affair with Manchester City facing Liverpool.
It has been quite a while since an all-English Champions League knockout happened, a common occurrence in the 2000s. Normally, they prove to be feisty affairs and this one promises to be no different. Both the teams have respect for each other, their managers and will stick to their philosophy over two legs, which will prove to be an entertaining matchup for the neutrals.
While Pep Guardiola's Manchester City start the quarterfinals as favourites, Liverpool have every chance of winning the first leg and here are 5 reasons why.
#5 The 'underdogs' tag
Going into the tie, there is no doubt that the Reds start as underdogs. Manchester City have been the best team in England this season and are set to win the league soon. Liverpool's squad depth is not at the same level as City either. However, these aspects also imply the pressure is on the league leaders to win.
Traditionally, Liverpool have thrived going into crunch games with the odds stacked against them. Be it the night at Istanbul in 2005 or even the more recent Europa League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund in 2016 under Klopp himself. The Reds have surprised one and all by reaching the quarterfinals ahead of their fancied Premier League rivals in Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Thus, the five-time champions thrive as underdogs more often than not and a brisk start could easily mount the pressure on City further, sealing a superb win at Anfield.