Michael Owen states his prediction for Man City v Liverpool FC in Champions League

The Liverpool FC legend is backing the Reds to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to an aggregate win against Manchester City

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to reach the Champions League semi-finals despite predicting a high-scoring game at Manchester City on Tuesday night.

The Merseyside outfit were resounding 3-0 winners against the Premier League leaders in the first leg of their quarter-final last week.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino helped to secure a commanding lead for Liverpool FC in front of their home supporters at Anfield.

The Reds played out a goalless draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby as Jurgen Klopp made wholesale changes ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City, meanwhile, squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Manchester United on Eastlands to miss out on the chance to win the Premier League title.

The Citizens will be hoping to bounce back and somehow turnaround the 3-0 first-leg deficit when Liverpool FC make the short trip to Manchester on Tuesday night.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

“Only two teams in the history of the Champions League have overturned a 3+ goal deficit from the first leg in the knockout stages – Deportivo v AC Milan in 2004 and Barcelona v PSG 12 months ago. That shows the magnitude of the task facing Manchester City,” Owen told BetVictor.

“I expect to see goals and Liverpool will miss both Emre Can (injured) and Jordan Henderson (suspended) but City old-boy James Milner has been a revelation in recent weeks for Jurgen Klopp’s side who I feel will do more than enough to be in Friday’s semi-final draw in Switzerland.”

That said, the tie would almost be in the balance had City scored at Anfield, but I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet against the Reds who have so much pace and power on the break.

Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and level on points with Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City are 13 points ahead of Manchester United following their surprise 3-2 loss at the Etihad Stadium.

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