Former Liverpool player Neil Mellor has claimed the club will need to play like they did the last time they beat Manchester City if they want to progress in the Champions League – and cannot rest on their laurels and allow City to get a foothold in the game early on at Anfield.
The Express report Mellor said: “I think if Liverpool were to repeat that sort of performance, and they’re going to need to against this Manchester City outfit tonight, that would be advantage for Liverpool after this first leg.
“I think after that game, it was absolutely superb wasn’t it in January, the big difference at the end of that game was Liverpool got belief and confidence that they could beat this Manchester City side.
“At times this season they’ve looked unbeatable, we’ve seen in the Premier League they have been consistently on their game repeatedly, week in week out.
“That’s why it’s looking inevitable that they will win the Premier League title.
“But Liverpool, on that day in January, showed that they can beat this Manchester City side.”
Liverpool may be hoping for passage into the semi-finals, but Manchester City have much higher aspirations.
They’re hoping the Champions League is part of a historic treble for the club, after already winning the Carabao Cup earlier in the season and being well on their way to winning the Premier League to boot, which of course they can wrap up against Manchester United this weekend.
Victory over Liverpool in the first leg at Anfield would put them in a strong position and it seems that the club are setting out to attack, with Guardiola known for his set style of play – and desire to not only win, but win playing good football to boot.