City, Liverpool look to balance CL aspirations with EPL title race

Roberto Firmino makes it 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield

They sit tied on points with rivals Benfica at the top of the Primeira Liga table, with their crosstown counterparts just in front on goal difference.

Both Liverpool and City face Champions League quarter-final ties on Tuesday, against Porto and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

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Mohamed Salah then forced Casillas into a low save with a sharp shot on the turn, but the Egypt worldwide should have done better in the 22nd minute when he placed the ball wide when through on goal, after picking off a sloppy Porto pass.

"This is a stadium that is going to help us achieve all that we want", says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he knows the size of the task facing his team against a City side that scored 72 goals since Boxing Day.

While Salah may be the quickest ever Liverpool player to reach the 50-goal EPL mark, the former Chelsea star occupies third spot in the all-time ranking of players who have done so for a single EPL club.

The Guinean got the benefit of a big deflection off Oliver Torres as his strike from the edge of the area left veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas helpless.

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They are two superstars on opposing sides of an epic Premier League title battle, but that has not prevented Virgil van Dijk from voting for Raheem Sterling as the Player of the Year.

In the same attack Alisson batted the ball against Alexander-Arnold when conceding a corner, and after surviving a VAR penalty review for a handball Liverpool were nearly undone from the resulting delivery as Marega again found space, but this time could not get enough contact on his twisting volley.

Marega then squandered two chances, the first Alisson saving with his legs, before Keita's searching pass picked out the charging Henderson only for Firmino to blaze over.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has praised the quality possessed by Manchester United ahead of their Champions League clash. "And, clearly, they believe".

"It doesn't change anything; I will go there and try to give everything with my teammates to win there".

Liverpool FC booked their place in the Champions League last four thanks to a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the round of 16.



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