Sunday sees Liverpool take on Manchester City in a clash that will be a decisive factor in the destination of the Premier League title. The Reds enter the game six points clear of the Blues, a win would take Jürgen Klopp’s side nine points clear of their title rivals, a surely unassailable lead. History shows that Liverpool can beat Manchester City before a ball is even kicked.
The first leg of Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League quarter final with Man City will go down in history as one of the most defining wins of Jürgen Klopp’s Anfield career. The night will also go down as one of the most controversial European games on English soil.
Before the game the Anfield streets were filled by well over a thousand Kopites. Devoted Liverpool supporters filled every space they could along the route that the team coaches would be taking to the hallowed ground.
Flares were lit, songs were sung. Plastic bottles and cans were thrown. Windows of the City coach were cracked. Video footage from inside the Citizens’ bus shows just how intimidating a welcome they were given in Liverpool.
It was a cauldron of hate cooked up to put Pep Guardiola’s players off their game. It worked.
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The Reds blitzed the visitors with three goals in the opening half an hour. Mo Salah poked home from close range, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thumped one in from distance, Sadio Mane nodded in precisely. The Blues were shell-shocked, they never stood a chance in the first half.
Kopites have called for a repeat of the hostile greeting that Pep Guardiola’s side were given last year and the call is likely to be answered. If Reds supporters can muster even half of the atmosphere they conjured before the game in April 2018 then Liverpool can beat Manchester City before a ball is even kicked.