Manchester City fans hope Sterling will be the hero against Liverpool

Most teams that head into a two-legged tie 3-0 down from the opening fixture, will not feel too optimistic about their chances of progression.

Manchester City supporters, though, are not giving up, and it is hardly a surprise given how scintillating the team have been this season.

Pep Guardiola’s men have a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, and will tie up the title with a win over Manchester United this weekend.

The Cityzens have been beaten just once in 31 top-flight games, and that was by Liverpool, who are the ones holding onto a 3-0 advantage over their fellow North-West outfit in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

City were stunned in the first 45 minutes of the encounter as Jurgen Klopp’s men went 3-0 up thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.

City did not register a single shot on target, and frontman Gabriel Jesus suffered plenty of criticism from supporters as a result.

Ahead of next week’s second leg, some fans are hopeful that Raheem Sterling, who was brought on to a chorus of boos from the Liverpool crowd on Wednesday night, will be the saviour.

The England international is heavily disliked by Liverpool supporters due to his decision to leave them for City in 2015.