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Liverpool will concede three and still go through

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Liverpool will have their eyes set on the semi-final of the Champions League after they beat Champions-elect Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday. This is the second time they have beaten Man City this season and the second time they have scored three goals against the Citizens. However, they face a crucial game at the Ethiad on Tuesday to secure their spot in the next round.

Throughout the Champions League campaign, Liverpool had been fairly clinical but at the same time rather unconvincing. Two draws against Sevilla in the group stages and giving up a 3-0 lead will be some of the low points. However, this 3-0 defeat of City is certainly the best they have played all season. Mohamed Salah, who has had an amazing first season scoring 37 times in all competitions, will be their biggest chance of continuing on. His pace, finishing ability and skill are what dismantled and mesmerised City. If they can keep him red hot like they have all season there is no doubt that he will be able to score again against Man City.

However, The Reds have had a very up and down season defensively, which has cost them a lot of points domestically. The way they defended against City on Wednesday was the best that they had all season, and it must be noted that the addition of Virgil Van Dijk has certainly helped overall. If Liverpool can keep defending like they did in the week, they certainly will be through.

With this information we can certainly predict that Liverpool will need to be near their best defensively to get through to the semi-finals because Man City will have a response for this defeat. The Citizens have been brilliant this season and have not stopped scoring and winning games. Liverpool away is the only fixture that they have really struggled with all campaign. Kevin De Bruyne has been their best player, assisting 19 times and scoring 11 in all competitions. Pep has brought very exciting football to England and will hope to get his team to bounce back after a disappointing first leg.

After looking at both teams and the way they have performed all season and in the last game, you have to favour City to win the leg. However, for them to win the tie, they will need to come up with something special and probably need to score at least 5 goals. There is no doubt that Liverpool will cause trouble offensively, but if they can stay consistent defensively that’s all they need. If you’re looking to use your Boylesports Sign Up Offer, I predict the game ends 3-1 to City but that Liverpool win the tie 4-3 on aggregate. They just cannot allow City to get going early.

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