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UEFA Champions League: Manchester City To Clash With Liverpool As Barcelona Hosts AS Roma

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| April 4 , 2018 , 14:55 IST

Premier League Leaders Manchester City will be taking on their English counterpart Liverpool in the first leg tie of the quarter-final of UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

City who are on top of the league table over a healthy advantage over second-placed Manchester United by 16 points, will be looking to focus all their resources and attention to Champions League now, at this deep-end of the season.

Liverpool, who have been off and on this season are third in the league, but they possess one of the best players in the game right now in Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian’s red-hot form has taken the world by storm and even the likes of Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City have been amazed by his 37 goal-return this season.

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"I think to score that many goals in a season is unbelievable," said the Belgian. I think nobody expected it, but he hit the ground running. Every game he creates a lot of chances. This season I think the way Jurgen Klopp wants to play is perfect for him.” the Belgian midfielder said.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is wary of Klopp’s Liverpool, as the only defeat the league leaders have faced this season has been to this opposition. The two-legged tie is expected to have many fireworks as the teams will jostle for a place in the semi-final of the tournament as well as for English supremacy.

Meanwhile, FC Barcelona will be hosting AS Roma for the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday. Lionel Messi’s masterclass power Barcelona past Chelsea last round, and the Argentinean playmaker appears to be at his best given his recent performances.

Many questions were asked about Barcelona and its credibility in the European as well as the domestic scene post Neymar’s departure, but they’ve answered their critics by performing on the pitch and leading the Spanish La Liga.

AS Roma, have a difficult tie to win, but the third-placed Serie A side will be looking to capitalize on the opportunities that present themselves in the two ties when they take on the Spanish Giants in Barcelona.