John Arne Riise predicts Man City v Liverpool FC return leg
John Arne Riise looks ahead to Liverpool FC's Champions League clash against Man City on Tuesday night
John Arne Riise is backing Liverpool FC to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Manchester City on Tuesday night.
The Reds are firmly in control of their quarter-final tie after having secured an impressive dominant win over the Citizens in the first leg at Anfield last week.
Liverpool FC head to the Etihad for the return leg on Tuesday night knowing that they will leave Manchester City needing to score five times to progress if they net an away goal against Pep Guardiola’s men.
The Merseyside outfit warmed up for the game with a goalless draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester City, meanwhile, were pegged back and beaten by Manchester United in the derby clash at The Etihad on Saturday evening.
And former Liverpool FC star Riise is confident that the Reds are capable of booking their place in the semi-finals by seeing off Pep Guardiola’s men.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, Riise said: “City lost against Liverpool, they lost against United, Liverpool have a habit of always scoring.
“It’s important for City not to concede, because they will have to score five then.
“I think Liverpool will go through, because they’ve got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over. We’ve seen what City can do. If they start playing as they have most of the season, keeping the ball and scoring goals, it could be a close game.
“They’re good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes.
“The players and the club have to go into the game like any other. Probably more compact than usual, but if they get too comfortable, and City score a goal they will get nervous again.”
Liverpool FC are currently in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and finish in the top four once again this season and secure their place in next term’s Champions League.
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