The second half of first-leg quarter-final fixtures air tonight with Merseyside meeting Manchester in a tie which could potentially prove to be the biggest of the season for English football. Elsewhere we see AS Roma make the daunting trip to Catalonia as they take on La Liga giants, Barcelona.
A scenario which British pundits, players and supporters alike both dreaded and salivated over was, in the quarter final draw in Switzerland, a tie between the two northern powerhouses representing England in the competition. But yet in a cruel twist of fate, such a scenario was actually realised with Jurgen Klopp’s industrious Liverpool now set to host barn-storming league leaders Manchester City. It should be said at this point that for entertainment value this is a blockbuster tie, with both sides promising tonnes of attacking flair, finesse and energy all under the backdrop of the electric atmosphere of the Anfield crowd. However with Liverpool’s recent spate of injuries taking a potential 4 players out of contention will Klopp’s replacements be up to the challenge or could we see an early exit for the Merseysiders?
As for Roma’s trip to the Nou Camp, you could be forgiven for discounting the away before the game had even kicked off. In fairness to the Italians, however, the champions league is notorious for dramatic upsets and thrilling underdog stories and one feels that this could potentially be an occassion for the latter, with Eusebio Di Francesco’s men already having defied expectations by emerging ahead of Chelsea and Athletico Madrid in the competition’s group stages.
Meanwhile, we also get a look at last night’s action with Juventus finding themselves up against familiar opposition in Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich face the giant-slaying Sevilla side who ended Manchester United’s Champions League dreams last round.
UEFA Champions League Highlights – Wednesday 10:45pm on ITV.