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Liverpool 'like to play long balls,' claims Manchester City's Fernandinho

Liverpool 'like to play long balls,' claims Manchester City's Fernandinho

First, Liverpool stormed to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Anfield last Wednesday before City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Manchester United in Saturday's derby, passing up the chance to be confirmed as Premier League champions at home to their bitter rivals in the process.

That's according to Jermaine Jenas, who is backing City to pull off a sensational quarter-final comeback if they can score an early goal at the Etihad Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

The City manager says they need to bring their A Game, meaning they have to put on a ideal performance in order to stand any chance against Jurgen Klopps side. We have 90 minutes and anything can happen.

"It always helps if you know about the problems, you deal with the problems but if we concede a goal nothing changes. We have to try to score the first". Then after that the second one... "This is a new one".

"They need to come at us, but we want to play our game". I know we judge on results but the performance... my team is exceptional.

He said: "I thought many times about that".

"He is a fantastic team manager and player manager as well". I am so delighted.




"We have to think about football: what we have to do, where we have to do it".

The main message from Guardiola to his players was this: don't give up. That was without Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus on the pitch.

Guardiola feels failure to overturn the deficit would provide a valuable lesson for his team in the long term and acknowledged City have to attack from the off if they are to progress.

Last week's first-leg shellacking at Anfield was preceded by ugly scenes outside the ground when the City bus was attacked by Liverpool fans.

Often overshadowed by the prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at the other end of the field, Liverpool's improvement at the back, though, is not down to Van Dijk alone.

The big question in this game is this: will Liverpool be able to sit back and defend and not play their usual game of high-pressing and forcing the issue?

City, who have never won the most expensive European championship, are looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the second time in the last three years after falling to Real Madrid in 2016.


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