Manchester City will welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium next month for what promises to be the decider of the Premier League title, with the date of the clash now confirmed.
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With a quarter of the season remaining, the two rivals will go head to head for the title for the third time in four seasons. Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s teams raised their toasts to England’s top flights, a gap in front of them Premier League opponents.
City are aiming to win the league for a fourth time in five seasons, with the Reds’ victory in 2020 being the only team to stop Guardiola from finishing at the top. Liverpool have beaten Man City in the race, narrowing the gap to just one point after the victory in the middle of last week Arsenal.
The tight nature of the top battle means that next month’s match between the two sides is likely to have a long way to go to determine the final destination of the title. And the date has now been officially rubber stamped after Champions League painting.
Federation officials are waiting to determine which side will be scheduled to play their second leg Schedule for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on April 12. That will force a late fixture adjustment, potentially pushing it back to a Saturday lunchtime start to give them ample recovery time.
But it is now confirmed that both teams will instead play on April 13, with Man City taking on Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital, while Liverpool host Benfica at Anfield on the same night. The two Premier League teams will both love their chances of progress avoiding each other and the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
At the draw in Nyon on Friday, Villarreal was paired with Bayern and Chelsea with Real Madrid to complete the final eight squad. Paths to the final have also been determined with the winner of Liverpool drawing either Bayern or Villarreal, and the winner of Man City’s two-legged tie against Chelsea or Real Madrid.
Liverpool and City both have a rare weekend away from the Premier League, with both looking to book accommodation FA Cup semi-finals and in turn the trip to Wembley. The Reds don Nottingham Forest champions outfit at the City Ground, with Guardiola’s men heading to the south coast to face off Southampton.
Liverpool’s trip to Nottingham represents the next hurdle they will need to tackle on their way to an unprecedented quarter-final. With the Carabao Cup secured, the Premier League race coming to a close and their Champions League path determined, it all boils down to the FA Cup.
Their drive to win every tournament they’ve entered this season has been somewhat boosted after Friday’s draw, with Benfica representing a potentially easier draw. That could give Klopp an opportunity to rotate the squad in the second leg, allowing his players to play at their best against City 72 hours ago.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/man-city-vs-liverpool-date-26501791 Man City vs Liverpool match date and time finally confirmed after Champions League draw