Last Saturday, winning the derby against United, Manchester City would have closed the accounts for the conquest of the Premier League. It seemed now a step away from achieving this goal, as he initially dominated the game and managed to close the first half ahead for two to zero, but then he collected three goals and ended up suffering a resounding defeat.

Three days before, the team coached by Pep Guardiola had remedied another disappointment, getting beaten for three to zero in the leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League by an irrepressible Liverpool, rewarded by goals by Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mané , all arrived before the interval.

The Manchester City will try to react to the recent difficulties, to make a historic comeback and stay in the leading European club football competition, playing with pride and focusing on the amazing technical qualities of the most talented players. The coach Guardiola appears willing to deploy the offensive trio formed by Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sané, in addition to betting on the insertions of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, who should play from the streets and participate constantly in the development of the maneuver. Fernandinho will be the only player to give balance in the median.

Liverpool could have problems in midfield coverage, because it will be under attack from the first minutes and will have to give up the tactical intelligence of the disqualified Jordan Henderson. The absence will be added to that of the mighty Emre Can, already unavailable in the first leg due to a back injury, which could force the German to jump also the next World Cup.

The positive note at a tactical level for Liverpool is that the attackers will have plenty of space to hit counterattack, spaces of which they will try to take advantage with Roberto Firmino, as well as with the aforementioned Mané and Salah. The Egyptian, in particular, has marked with great continuity in recent months and seems to have now overcome his groin injury.

It is likely that the City has a good approach to the game and try to put under attack from the opening minutes the training led by Jurgen Klopp, obviously favored for the passage of the round, but called to be very careful in the trip to Etihad Stadium where he lost five to zero in the previous season played in the Premier League.

The probable formations of Manchester City-Liverpool

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sané.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mané.

Prediction Today: 3-1, 1
Odds: 1.44

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