Nicholas expects dramatic Champions League decider between Manchester City, Liverpool

This evening will determine whether Manchester City or Liverpool make it into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

At the moment it is advantage Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side have a 3-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield.

City were favourites heading into the tie due to their dominance in the Premier League and the fact that they had only lost once in the division prior to last Wednesday’s encounter.

However, they knew that they could not underestimate the Reds given that Klopp’s team were the only ones to inflict a league defeat on City, who suffered their second top-flight loss at the weekend in a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

In 31 minutes, Liverpool blitzed through Pep Guardiola’s team, with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane getting on the scoresheet.

City had no response, but they have another 90 minutes tonight to turn their fortunes around, and they have the home comforts of being at the Etihad Stadium.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Guardiola’s men will win tonight’s match, but Liverpool will progress into the final four.

The Scotsman told Sky Sports:

“I think we’re going to get drama and I can see my good friend Phil Thompson being on the edge of his seat next to me in the Soccer Special studio. I don’t think City will do it though because I see Liverpool scoring. You could see at the weekend again against United that City are defensively vulnerable when they have to take risks.

“This is all about Liverpool scoring one goal to turn City’s need into score five and it will be a major boost if Mohamed Salah is fit. I could see City getting 2-0 up because they should have been out of sight by half-time against United, but as they get desperate I expect Liverpool’s attacking pace on the counter to see them safe.”