Messi’s Champions League Form In Quarter-Finals Will Reassure United

Opinion Liverpool must treat Fulham as Bayern in latest title test

The clubs clashed again in the final at Wembley in 2011, with Barca winning 3-1 on that occasion.

Virgil van Dijk is in majestic form at the back for Liverpool, with Sadio Mane taking his hot streak to 10 goals in 10 games during the round of 16 second leg win against Bayern Munich.

The Blues needed a goal in the 90th minute to eke out a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton as heavy -169 home favorites in their last league outing last weekend, and were outgunned by a 12-0 overall margin in three straight road matches prior to a 2-1 win at Fulham on March 3.

Verdict: Suffered their first Premier League defeat under Solskjaer against Arsenal but it was still a decent overall performance by United.

Liverpool's victory ensured all four English teams progressed to the final eight of the Champions League for the first time in ten years, a sign that the English powerhouse is finally re-asserting itself on the European stage after a decade of Spanish, and to a lesser extent German, dominance. Porto last won the title in 2004.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it is unlikely that the Reds will spend big on signings in the transfer market.

Tottenham Hotspur fan correctly predicts UEFA Champions League quarterfinals before the draw
Liverpool , who lost in last year's final to Real Madrid , will host Porto in the first leg on April 9. Barcelona finished third in the website's list, while Juventus came fourth and Ajax were fifth.

The third leg in this pack includes Manchester City for the first time as Pep Guardiola's men welcome Mauricio Pochettino to the Etihad in April.

The promoted side, who sacked Claudio Ranieri and installed former England midfielder Parker last month, are 19th in the table with 17 points from 30 games and face a tough test against title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool did not need to go mad and attempt to blow teams away in order to create such a lead that could cover their defensive deficiencies, as they did against Manchester City and Roma in last year's competition. Back then, Liverpool won 5-0 in Portugal to start their route to the final.

Liverpool, who lost in last year's final to Real Madrid, will host Porto in the first leg on April 9.

City are looking to reach the last four of the Champions League for the first time under Guardiola and face a potentially hard test having been drawn to face Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in next month's quarter-finals. The final match of this pivotal blockbuster quadruple takes place at Old Trafford.

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