City boss Pep Guardiola wary of 'unstoppable' Liverpool strikeforce

by Steven Clarke April 3, 2018, 4:13
City boss Pep Guardiola wary of 'unstoppable' Liverpool strikeforce

Liverpool fans are anxious about Trent Alexander-Arnold starting against Manchester City in the Champions League after he was played off the field by Wilfried Zaha in Saturday's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

City are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League and, having beaten Everton 3-0 on Saturday, can now secure the trophy if they beat rivals Manchester United next weekend.

Leroy Sane put City ahead with a sumptuous volley from David Silva's pin-point cross in the fourth minute.

Runaway league leaders City's attacking intent revolves around the De Bruyne-David Silva partnership in midfield providing the ammunition for a pacy forward line of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and either Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero.

The sides' last meeting on Merseyside was a classic, Liverpool triumphing 4-3 at Anfield in January.

It didn't start well for the Reds - just 12 minutes had been played when Loris Karius recklessly hauled down Palace winger Wilfried Zaha which resulted in a penalty for the home side.

The manager's half-time team talk was still ringing in the ears of the players when Sadio Mane restored parity just four minutes from the restart, completing a attractive passage of play with a front post tap-in.

Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has claimed that Mohamed Salah wouldn't get a game at Real Madrid or Barcelona despite his stunning performances this season.

Salah has now scored in 21 different Premier League games this season, a joint-high for a 38-game season in the competition along with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007/08 and Robin van Persie in 2012/13.

"When you get into the last eight, everyone will think they can win and it just takes a moment of magic to split these teams because they are all good teams".

"Did we think before the first game we would lose 5-0? No". They are fantastic, fantastic players.

"So we are all desperately waiting for him and now coming step-by-step back and now, it's a big, big blow for us today".

"In other leagues we would be fighting for the title".

The Merseysiders were poor in the opening 45 minutes as Palace came ready to play, and were not ready to match the intensity of the hosts.

"It's competition. I had the same a year ago (with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez)".

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