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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Liverpool vs Manchester

Liverpool and Manchester City are taking their Premier League rivalry onto the European stage as they meet for the first time in international competition in the Uefa Champions League quarterfinals.

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While the home side have plenty of experience against fellow English clubs in Europe, this is their first European Cup quarter-final in nine years – and just City's second ever.

This is the 17th time English clubs have been paired together in Uefa competition, and while City have been involved in just one of those previous ties, this is the tenth domestic affair for Liverpool in the European arena, including five of the nine Champions League knockout contests.

No English club has won a home Champions League knockout phase game since Leicester City FC's 2-0 defeat of Sevilla FC in last season's round of 16 – a run of six matches including all five in this season's last 16 (D2 L3). There have only been three wins by Premier League clubs in the last 17 knockout phase home matches over the past four seasons (D6 L8).

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PREVIOUS MEETINGS

While this is a first Liverpool-City game in Europe, the teams have met on 178 occasions in English football.

Liverpool have won 87 of those contests to City's 45, with 46 draws.

In this season's Premier League, City were 5-0 winners in Manchester on 9 September. Sergio Agüero gave the home side a 24th-minute lead and, after the visitors had lost Sadio Mané to a red card following a challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson, further strikes either side of half-time from Gabriel Jesus and a late Leroy Sané double completed an ultimately comfortable win.

Liverpool turned the tables on City at Anfield on 14 January, inflicting a first – and so far only – defeat of the Premier League season on Josep Guardiola's side with a 4-3 victory in an epic encounter. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the Reds an early lead and, though Sané levelled shortly before half-time, three goals in ten second-half minutes from Roberto Firmino, Mané and Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 4-1 up. They needed that cushion after Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan struck in the final six minutes, holding on for a memorable win.

This is the sides' third two-legged knockout tie. Liverpool won both previous encounters, both in the English League Cup semi-finals: 2-1 on aggregate in 1980/81 and 3-2 in 2011/12. On both occasions, the Merseyside club went on to win the trophy.

MATCH BACKGROUND

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have won nine of their previous 13 European Cup quarterfinals:

2008/09 Chelsea FC L 5-7 (1-3 h, 4-4 a)
2007/08 Arsenal FC W 5-3 (1-1 a, 4-2 h)
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven W 4-0 (3-0 a, 1-0 h)
2004/05 Juventus W 2-1 (2-1 h, 0-0 a)
2001/02 Bayer 04 Leverkusen L 3-4 (1-0 h, 2-4 a)
1984/85 FK Austria Wien W 5-2 (1-1 a, 4-1 h)
1983/84 SL Benfica W 5-1 (1-0 h, 4-1 a)
1982/83 Widzew Lódz L 3-4 (0-2 a, 3-2 h)
1981/82 PFC CSKA Sofia L 1-2 (1-0 h, 0-2 a)
1980/81 PFC CSKA Sofia W 6-1 (5-1 h, 1-0 a)
1977/78 SL Benfica W 6-2 (2-1 a, 4-1 h)
1976/77 AS Saint-Étienne W 3-2 (0-1 a, 3-1 h)
1964/65 1. FC Köln W 2-2, Liverpool won on coin toss (0-0 a, 0-0 h, 2-2 n)
Liverpool have played eight previous two-legged knockout ties against fellow English sides, with the aggregate record W5 L3. Most recently they beat City's local rivals Manchester United FC in the 2015/16 Europa League round of 16 (2-0 home, 1-1 away), Firmino scoring in the first game at Anfield.

The Reds have played six European Cup ties against domestic rivals, beginning against Nottingham Forest FC in the 1978/79 first round (0-2 away, 0-0 home).

Their remaining five all-English ties have all come in the Champions League era:

2004/05 semi-finals: Chelsea FC W 1-0 (0-0 a, 1-0 h)
2006/07 semi-finals: Chelsea FC W 4-1pens (0-1 a, 1-0 h aet)
2007/08 quarter-finals: Arsenal FC W 5-3 (1-1 a, 4-2 h)
2007/08 semi-finals: Chelsea FC L 3-4 (1-1 h, 2-3 a aet)
2008/09 quarter-finals: Chelsea FC L 5-7 (1-3 h, 4-4)

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