Liverpool will face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals with far better head-to-head record

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LIVERPOOL and Manchester City will meet in a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final double-header.

This will be third time the Reds have come up against English opposition at this stage — beating Arsenal in 2007-08 before losing to Chelsea 12 months later.

 Sergio Aguero will be looking to score first-ever goal at Anfield

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Sergio Aguero will be looking to score first-ever goal at Anfield
 Liverpool will be banking on Mohamed Salah to maintain impressive goals record

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Liverpool will be banking on Mohamed Salah to maintain impressive goals record

This time, though, around they will be facing the Premier League’s undisputed No 1 side.

However, Liverpool should go into this one with confidence, as the Anfield giants boast a far superior head-to-head record against their upcoming opponents.

The Reds have lost just once at home to the City in the past 37 years, and even that solitary victory came back in 2003.

It is nearly six years since the Etihad side even managed to get a draw — back when Roberto Mancini was still manager.

 Jurgen Klopp has impressive record over Pep Guardiola as manager

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Jurgen Klopp has impressive record over Pep Guardiola as manager
 Nicolas Anelka scored in Manchester City's last league victory at Anfield

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Nicolas Anelka scored in Manchester City’s last league victory at Anfield

The pair have met 178 times in their history, with Liverpool winning 87, City 45 and 46 draws. The Reds have scored 315 and conceded 235.

However, Jurgen Klopp may be concerned by the fact Liverpool have lost their last two Champions League knock-out ties against English opposition.


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Liverpool were beaten in the 2007-08 semi-finals and the following campaign’s quarter-finals by Chelsea.

They did manage to eliminate Manchester United from the Europa League two seasons ago.

 Avram Grant consoles Steven Gerrard after 2007-08 semi-final victory

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Avram Grant consoles Steven Gerrard after 2007-08 semi-final victory
 Liverpool were knocked out by Chelsea in last meeting with English side

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Liverpool were knocked out by Chelsea in last meeting with English side

This will be City’s first Champions League tie against domestic opposition — but not Pep Guardiola’s.

His Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate in a fiery semi-final back in 2010-11.

However, Klopp has beaten Guardiola five times across all competitions, which is more than any other manager.

The Spaniard has won all seven of his quarter-final ties to date — four with Barcelona and three with Bayern Munich.

Incidentally, this will be the meeting in the Champions League between two English sides United overcame Chelsea at this stage in 2010-11.

 Pedrag Mijatovic scored winner for Real Madrid in 1998 Champions League final

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Pedrag Mijatovic scored winner for Real Madrid in 1998 Champions League final
 Cristiano Ronaldo scores past Gianluigi Buffon in 2017 Champions League final

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores past Gianluigi Buffon in 2017 Champions League final
 Ernesto Valverde and Eusebio Di Francesco have met in Europe League tie

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Ernesto Valverde and Eusebio Di Francesco have met in Europe League tie

Incredibly, this will be the 20th time Juventus and Real Madrid have met — with every encounter taking place in Europe’s top competition.

Los Blancos famously triumphed in last season’s final, while they also beat the Bianconeri at the same stage in 1998.

However, they were lose at the semi-final stage in 2014-15.

In total, Real Madrid have won nine times, with Juventus registering eight victories and two draws.

Barcelona got the tie they wanted when they were handed Roma, but their history is not as one-sided as you might think.

 Roma and Barcelona have faced off on four occasions in Champions League

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Roma and Barcelona have faced off on four occasions in Champions League
 Ben Yedder's double set up first-ever meeting between Bayern Munich and Sevilla

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Ben Yedder’s double set up first-ever meeting between Bayern Munich and Sevilla
 Bayern Munich are preparing for first-ever meeting with Sevilla

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Bayern Munich are preparing for first-ever meeting with Sevilla

The Giallorossi were hammered 6-1 the last time the pair met in the 2015-16 group stage.

But, back in the 2001-02 second group phase, Roma beat Barcelona 3-0. The two other matches finished 1-1.

Managers Eusebio Di Francesco and Ernesto Valverde have met before when Sassuolo and Athletic Bilbao were drawn in the Europa League group stage last season.

The Italian side triumphed 3-0 in the first leg and progressed with a 5-3 aggregate victory.

It will be the first-ever meeting between Bayern and Sevilla.

Liverpool vs Manchester City head-to-head

Matches — 178

Liverpool wins — 87

Draws — 46

Manchester City wins — 45

Liverpool goals — 315

Manchester City goals — 235

 

*Stats provided by Opta

Sevilla fans march around Manchester on successful Champions League visit to Old Trafford

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