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Rafael Benitez on Liverpool’s chances vs Man City

Former Liverpool manager and current Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has today discussed the Reds’ chances in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Manchester City.

Matchup

The Merseysiders advanced to the final 8 of this season’s competition courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate drubbing of Portuguese giants Porto in the last-16, and were rewarded during last month’s draw with a tough tie versus fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City.

City, for their part, dispatched of Swiss outfit Basel in the Champions League’s last-16, with Pep Guardiola’s side viewed by many as the favourites to go all the way this season.

Head-to-head

Liverpool and City have already met on two occasions this season, the first of which saw the Citizens dismantle the Reds during a 5-0 demolition at the Etihad.

However, Liverpool showed their worth during the second meeting between the sides in January, fending off a late fightback to become the first team to defeat the Citizens in the Premier League all season.

Liverpool celebrate vs Man City

The Liverpool players celebrate during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on January 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

‘One detail’

Speaking in an interview with the BBC earlier today, one-time Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who of course led the Merseysiders to a historic Champions League crown in 2005, opened up on the chances of his former club in their all-English tie with Man City, with the Spanish tactician viewing both sides as equal ahead of tomorrow night’s first-leg:

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