Peter Crouch & Chris Sutton
The Daily Mail on Wednesday have canvassed opinions ahead of the Champions League quarterfinal between Liverpool and Man City.
The match is of course a tough one to call.
Man City beat Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad in the Premier League at the start of the campaign.
But Liverpool are the only team to have beaten Cit yin the league, thanks to a 4-3 win at Anfield.
According to Stoke striker Peter Crouch and ex-pro Martin Keown, Liverpool will edge out Man City tonight.
Why Liverpool will beat Man City
Crouch believes Liverpool could have the edge at Anfield, and he’s focused attentions on Jurgen Klopp’s backline. The Stoke striker argued:
The quality both sides have going forward absolutely guarantees entertainment and it is going to be a question of which defence handles the occasion best.
If Liverpool can limit the goals City score at Anfield, they will have a real chance in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium next week.
Crouch, who thinks the Reds will win 2-1, failed to mention that Liverpool have defensive selection problems before the City game.
On Tuesday it was announced that Joel Matip is out for the rest of the season, while Ragnar Klavan also has a knock.
Joe Gomez is also sidelined after he sustained an injury on England duty.
Yet Martin Keown also backed up Crouch’s Liverpool bias. The former Arsenal defender has predicted a 3-2 Liverpool win at Anfield, saying:
It goes against everything we have seen of Manchester City this season but I can see Liverpool winning this.
Maybe not over two legs but they certainly have a chance tonight in what should be a special atmosphere at Anfield. Klopp will no doubt stick to his philosophy. He will have his team press high and try to win the ball as close to City’s goal as possible.