Liverpool bagged a memorable 3-0 win at Anfield last Wednesday. Manchester City face a mountain to climb as they have to make a dramatic comeback when they meet Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final on Tuesday after squandering a 2 goal lead to loss 2-3 against Manchester United on the weekend.
Furthermore, Pep Guardiola lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Also their last two home games are losses. Basel was the team that did it before city rivals United. I certainly doubt if the tight schedule has taken a toll on the runaway Premier League leaders.
Liverpool are on a green patch at the moment. They are unbeaten in four with the latest a lackluster goal-less draw at Goodison Park against Everton. Also, they have a run of easy fixtures to finish the Premier League and Klopp can focus totally on the Champions League.
Yet, Liverpool’s away record against stronger sides is not a positive one. Earlier this season, they were thrashed 5-0 at the Etihad, then 4-1 at Tottenham. The team also lost 2-1 in March at the Old Trafford. We can conclude that they do enjoy going away to teams sitting in the top 4 of the domestic table.
Head to head
-With the first leg win, Liverpool have now won 4 of their last 6 competitive games against Manchester City, drew 1 and lost 1. Still, all four wins in the period came at the Anfield.
-The last three h2h matches between the sides saw over 2.5 goals.
-Manchester City’s home record against Liverpool in recent years is 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses from 10 games.
-Seven of those at the Etihad recorded over 2.5 goals.
-Both teams scored at Etihad in 5 of the last 6.
-Liverpool’s most recent visit to the Etihad was a humiliating 5-0 loss in a match that saw Sadio Mane sent-off after 37 minutes.