Champions League: Manchester City and Liverpool - pick your combined XI


Pep Guardiola has warned that Liverpool's forwards are "almost unstoppable" - but Kevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City can silence Anfield on Wednesday. Against Liverpool, however, it all boils down to two games of knockout football to keep City's ambitions of winning the Champions League alive. Guardiola hailed the Reds attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as "almost unstoppable."

Gundogan, who cost City £20.4million, said: "I just wanted to do something new".

'Liverpool are still the only team who have been capable of beating us in the Premier League. "If we do that well they will have some difficulty coping with it", he said.

"Now our focus is the Champions League, so we are going to adapt the game against United for the Liverpool games before and after", he said.

If the German global and his team-mates needed any extra motivation ahead of the tie, it lies in the fact that City's sole defeat in the Premier League this season came at the hands of the Merseysiders with Liverpool edging a seven-goal Anfield thriller in January.

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While Manchester City have been in superb form in the Premier League this season, Liverpool are the one team to have beaten them, running out 4-3 winners at Anfield. And the City boss admits his team didn't handle the atmosphere during their last encounter on Merseyside. I think every player wants to play these games. The idea that they could watch their side playing some of the best football the English league has ever seen, alongside breaking record after record, and then, on top of that, they could see them take the title against their nearest rivals is just too ideal. "[Sadio] Mané and [Roberto] Firmino, all three, they are nearly unstoppable".

'For those who have seen our two clashes in the Premier League this year, and since Pep arrived, they know it's always an exciting match. "We ground out the result and that gives us momentum for the game on Wednesday".

"But that is what happens in the quarterfinals of the Champions League".

The attacking intent - and the ability to deliver on it - was clear from the outset as City grabbed the lead in the fourth minute through Leroy Sane's sizzling volley from a tight angle at the back post.