UCL: Pep's City faces uphill task against Liverpool

Having suffered a 3-0 drubbing in the first leg, Manchester City will face an uphill task when it takes on Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City lost back-to-back games against Liverpool and Manchester United lin the same week.   -  Getty Images

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City has a gargantuan task ahead of it when it faces Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday.

City has endured a terrible week as it suffered a 3-0 drubbing by the Mohamed Salah-led Liverpool last Tuesday, a game where the side failed to register a single shot on target. City's dismal run continued in the Premier League as it succumbed to a 3-2 loss at the hands of arch-rival Manchester United in the derby on Saturday.

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The momentum will certainly be with Jurgen Klopp's boys, but there is a cause for concern with respect to Salah's fitness. The Egyptian had picked up a groin strain in the first leg and sat out of Saturday's 0-0 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

 

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While Salah struggles to regain fitness, Emre Can is unlikely to play as he continues to nurse his back injury. Jordan Henderson will also miss the tie as he picked up a booking in the first leg.

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City has no major injury concerns, while Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are likely to be a part of the starting XI.

Predicted Starting XIs

Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Ederson (GK), Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero.

The possible Man City and Liverpool line-ups and formations.

 

Liverpool (4-3-3): Loris Karius (GK), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum , Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Stats

  • Liverpool has never lost a European tie when after winning the home first leg 3-0