Goals are expected to flow when Liverpool take on Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but it may be worth taking a less cavalier approach to Wednesday’s first leg.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have put together the two most attractive sides in the Premier League – they have scored 163 goals between them this season – and the Reds won an epic encounter in January 4-3.
That has been City’s only defeat in the league so far this term and they did get the better of Klopp’s side 5-0 on home soil, although they had to ride their luck on that occasion until cutting loose after Sadio Mane had been sent off.
Klopp has a good record against Guardiola, recording six victories in 12 games against the Spaniard with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, and the German seems certain to go on the attack against City from the first whistle at Anfield.
Liverpool have only lost one of their last 10 games in all competitions but Wednesday’s match may be cagier than is being anticipated and they may have to settle for a draw, available at 13/5, with the odds on there being under 1.5 goals in the first leg good value at 33/10.
City have a poor recent record at Anfield, losing on each of their last five visits, and have not won there since May 2003.
Mo Salah has already scored an incredible 37 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season, but it may be worth looking elsewhere in the first goalscorer market, with Roberto Firmino good value at 13/2.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will be expected to ease to victory against Roma in Wednesday’s other Champions League match.
Barca have won 21 and drawn two of their last 23 home Champions League matches since losing to Bayern Munich five years ago, while Roma edged past Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16 and were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Bologna in their last Serie A match.
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