Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand on who should win the PFA Player of the Year award

Steven Gerrard

Can’t we have two? I think they both deserve it. Kevin De Bruyne was the top man, by far, earlier in the season.

There would certainly be no complaints from me if he got it. But in Salah’s favour, he’s come strong at the right time.

They’re both in the form of their lives and it’s very difficult to separate them.

Frank Lampard

It’s very difficult to split them. City are going to win the title so that’s a big factor in De Bruyne’s favour.

But Salah has stepped up a level lately, elevating himself on the world scene, right up there with the best, some of his goals are Messi-like.

They’re so close that their performances in these matches could be crucial.

Rio Ferdinand

What impresses me is they’ve both had disappointments [in their careers]. They’ve gone away, dusted themselves down and come again.

I think Kevin De Bruyne needed a manager who sees the game like he does. With Pep, he’s been able to execute that vision within the framework of this team.

He sees passes earlier than anyone else, even us watching on TV. It’s stuff to marvel out at times.

Jurgen Klopp explains why he’s ‘angry’ after Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp’s side face Everton at midday on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp cut a frustrated figure in his post-match press conference just moments after his Liverpool side defeated Manchester City 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Reds flew out of the blocks in the first-half and Mohamed Salah scored from close-range to break the deadlock in the 12th minute, his 38th goal of the season in all competitions.

Liverpool had the momentum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the home team a two-goal advantage with a thunderous strike in the 20th minute at Anfield.

Sadio Mane piled yet more misery on Pep Guardiola’s men with a header in the 31st minute and the scoreline remained the same heading into the second leg at the Etihad.

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Klopp was delighted with the performance of his players but admitted he was ‘angry’ that they only have two days break before Saturday lunchtime’s Merseyside derby.

‘If we want to see games like this them the Premier League have to think about the fixtures,’ the German told BT Sport.

‘It should be something good (the game against Everton) and not cause problems. We have to find players now for what a lot of people say is the biggest game of the season.

‘I do not feel good about this right now. If I don’t play my best XI against Everton then we know what happens.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a magnificent goal for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘Being in an international competition should not cause you problems so that you have to somehow find players.

‘I am really angry with those who have made the decision for the early kick-off.’

Jordan Henderson is suspended for the second leg at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)The Liverpool boss believes his side could have extended their lead in the second-half.

He said: ‘First-half was brilliant. It was how football should look. We knew about the quality of City but also about our quality as well.

‘If we could control the game better against a team like Man City and not give the ball away we would be closer to them in the league.

Jurgen Klopp is confident Mohamed Salah will be fit for the second leg (Picture: Getty)‘We defended the passes really good. But I wanted us to play more football. But I am not angry it is all good.

“We lose one player to injury (Mo Salah) and another – the captain (Jordan Henderson) – to a yellow card so it does not feel good.

‘Mo said he feels good but we will have to see about that.’

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Jurgen Klopp reveals what Mohamed Salah said about his injury after Manchester City win

Mohamed Salah was subbed off during Liverpool’s win over Manchester City (Picture: EPA)Mohamed Salah told Jurgen Klopp that he was not concerned about his injury after Liverpool’s stunning Champions League victory against Manchester City.

Salah scored his 38th goal of the season to help Liverpool clinch a 3-0 win at Anfield but hobbled off in the second-half.

He was seen holding his groin before being assessed by the medical team and headed straight down the tunnel. The 25-year-old later returned to sit with his teammates on the bench.

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The Reds face Merseyside rivals Everton on Saturday, before travelling to the Etihad for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Asked whether Salah suffered a groin injury against City, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘I hope not… he said to me immediately after the game: “all fine, all good”.

‘I hope that’s the case, we need to wait and hope.’

(Picture: PA)Salah has been one of the players of the season and took his tally to 38 on Wednesday evening, smashing the ball in from close-range after a blunder from City goalkeeper Ederson.

The home side doubled their lead eight minutes later as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thumped home a thunderous strike after Nicolas Otamendi had given the ball away.

Sadio Mane completed a dream first-half performance for Liverpool as he latched onto Salah’s inviting cross and headed past Ederson for a 3-0 lead.

Pep Guardiola’s City, who can secure the Premier League title this weekend, improved after the break but failed to find a crucial away goal ahead of the return leg next Tuesday.

(Picture: AFP)On his team’s performance, Klopp added: ‘The result was not expected but we need to play more football in the second leg.

‘It’s only half-time, good but nothing else. The first-half was brilliant, that’s how football should look. We knew of the qualities of City but knew our own qualities as well.’

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was equally impressed by his former side, telling BT Sport: ‘The word to use is perfect. There were two sides to Liverpool tonight.

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‘In the first-half they were on the front foot, counter-attacking and scoring quality goals. And in the second-half they had to suffer.

‘The back four were stunning, the keeper is getting better and better. Jurgen Klopp’s tactics were absolutely spot on.’

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Liverpool suffer Mohamed Salah injury scare during Champions League clash against Manchester City

Mohamed Salah left the field with a suspected groin injury (Picture: Reuters)Mohamed Salah was forced off with an injury during Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City.

With the Reds leading 3-0, thanks to first-half goals from Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane, Egypt star Salah hobbled to the touchlines holding his groin.

There he was assessed by Liverpool’s medical team and the decision was taken to substitute him off – he headed straight down the tunnel.

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Salah maintained his sublime run for Liverpool before suffering the injury; he netted his 38th goal of a quite remarkable campaign to fire Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead.

He then provided an assist for Mane to put Liverpool 3-0 up within 31 minutes, shortly after Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a wondergoal from outside the box.

‘You wonder how bad that groin injury might be for Mo Salah,’ Robbie Savage told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Egypt international Salah opened the scoring for the Reds (Picture: EPA)

Liverpool were sensational in the first half (Picture: EPA)

Salah took his tally to the season to 38 (Picture: AFP)‘He has walked off, so it could be precautionary, but potentially a huge blow to Liverpool.’

The return leg at the Etihad takes place next Tuesday..

Salah’s form at Anfield this season has put him in contention to win the PFA Player of the Year. Kevin De Bruyne, his biggest rival for the award, admits he voted for the Liverpool talisman.

8 – Mohamed Salah has had a hand in eight goals (seven goals, one assist) in nine Champions League appearances so far this season. King.
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‘I vote for Salah, I wouldn’t know how to choose anyone else,’ he told BT Sport.

‘This season he’s up there with David [Silva], Harry [Kane] and myself. I’m honest, I vote for him.’

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Liverpool fans thank Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Manchester City wondergoal

Take a bow, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Picture: Reuters)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced the standout moment of his career to date with a stunning strike in Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

The 24-year-old has had a mixed start to his Anfield career but has impressed in central midfield for the Merseyside giants in recent weeks.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s strong performances convinced Jurgen Klopp to start the Englishman on Wednesday night and he repaid his manager in Liverpool’s astonishing first-half display.

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Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s opening goal – obviously – but it was Oxlade-Chamberlain took centre stage in the 20th minute.

The former Arsenal man received the ball 30 yards out from goal before driving at goal and unleashing a thunderous shot.

Liverpool’s home crowd erupted as Ederson’s net almost ended in row Z of the Kop end.

Incredibly, Sadio Mane made it 3-0 to the Reds in the 30th minute to seemingly put his side out of sight before the second leg.

It was all about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s effort, though, and Liverpool supporters began thanking Arsenal for the midfielder…

Absolutely disgusting. Thank you Arsenal ❤️
— JOE (@JoeCasss) April 4, 2018

Thank you Arsenal for OX.
LFC Fans
— Hak (@akiiki99hak_lfc) April 4, 2018

Ox u fucking beauty. Thanks Arsenal 👍
— Ste McGreal (@SteMcgreal) April 4, 2018

MORE: Manchester City team bus pelted with bottles and flares upon arrival at Anfield for Liverpool clash

Manchester City team bus pelted with bottles and flares upon arrival at Anfield for Liverpool clash

The Manchester City bus arrives at Anfield (Picture: Reuters)The Manchester City team bus was pelted with bottles and flares ahead of the Champions League clash against Liverpool at Anfield.

Premier League champions-elect City travelled to Merseyside on Wednesday evening for the first leg of their quarter-final showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Liverpool re-routed the team buses in an attempt to avoid the majority of home fans who planned to gather along Anfield Road to greet the two teams.

This did not prevent the City bus from being targeted, however, and bottles, cans and flares were thrown as the visitors pulled into Anfield.

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Watch Man City’s team bus arrive at Anfield:

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Liverpool FC statement

The club condemns in the strongest possible terms the scenes which preceded our Champions League quarter-final, which resulted in damage being inflicted on the Manchester City team bus during their arrival at Anfield.

We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials caught up in the incident.

The behaviour of a number of individuals was completely unacceptable and the club will cooperate fully with the authorities to identify those responsible.

The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.

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(Picture: Getty)Liverpool fans also gathered to greet their own team:

Speaking before the match, manager Klopp apologised on behalf of Liverpool, telling BT Sport: ‘I really don’t understand. We tried everything to avoid the situation like that, all of Liverpool FC have to say sorry.’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, said: ‘Thanks to Jurgen for those words, we didn’t expect that after what happened last season in Dortmund.

‘I thought the police would know that, but it didn’t happen. I know that the history of the club is bigger than these few guys. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again.’

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Jordan Henderson explains what will decide Liverpool v Manchester City tie

Previous meetings this season…

Sep 2017, Premier League: Man City 5 Liverpool 0

Jan 2018, Premier League: Liverpool 4 Man City 3

Top scorers in Champions League…

Roberto Firmino – 7Sadio Mane – 6Mohamed Salah – 6Sergio Aguero – 4Raheem Sterling – 4

Path to the quarter-finals…

Liverpool topped Group E ahead of Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor without losing a game. Jurgen Klopp’s side then thrashed Porto 5-0 away in the Round of 16 before cruising through 0-0 in the second leg.

Manchester City topped Group F ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s side won their first five games but lost 2-1 to Donetsk in the final match having already won the group. Man City overcame Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the first knock-out phase.

Odds…

Liverpool to qualify: 4/9

Manchester City to qualify: 17/10

Fixture and draw dates…

First leg at Anfield: Wednesday 4 April

Second leg at the Etihad: Tuesday 10 April

Semi-final draw: Friday 13 April

Mohamed Salah v Kevin De Bruyne: Who should win Player of the Year?

When Premier League champions-elect Manchester City travel to Liverpool on Wednesday evening in the quarter finals of the Champions League, it will not just be two of the best teams in England facing off against each other, but also the two best players in the country.

Mohamed Salah has had an incredible debut season at Anfield, leading the Premier League’s scoring charts with 29 goals, while Kevin De Bruyne has taken on a starring role in what is likely to be a record-setting season for City. But who has had the better campaign, and who deserves to be crowned Player of the Year?

THE CASE FOR MOHAMED SALAH

The Egyptian left Roma in the summer and has enjoyed an incredible campaign (Picture: Getty)By Sean Kearns

Forget PFA Player of the Year, Mohamed Salah is the signing of the season and the single most influential player in the 2017/2018 campaign.

Without Salah, Liverpool would be battling Chelsea for a place in the top four. Without Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City would still be runaway leaders in the Premier League.

The Egyptian has confounded the critics that had written him off after a failed stint at Stamford Bridge and he’s on track to break the record for most goals scored by one player in a 38-game season. He’s scored 29 goals in 31 league games – averaging a quite astonishing 86 minutes per goal this term.

Salah’s numbers – 29 goals and 9 assists – speak for themselves and far outweigh De Bruyne’s contribution but it’s the context of his performances that make him a certainty for Player of the Year.

Most goals scored Premier League 2017/18

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)29Harry Kane (Tottenham)24Sergio Aguero (Man City)21

Salah’s scored against every team in the top six barring Manchester United. He scored home and away against Arsenal and Tottenham, once at home to Manchester City when Liverpool became the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s side this season in the league and another at Anfield against Chelsea.

What’s all the more remarkable is that Salah has maintained an astonishing consistency over the course of the season. Not once has he gone longer than two league games without scoring and he’s scored in 21 of his 31 appearances so far in the Premier League. Simply, no player has had more decisive moments than Salah this season and the award should go to the player with the finest individual season.

Manchester City are likely to be crowned champions on Saturday against arch rivals Manchester United but if De Bruyne is not on his game then City can turn to Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane or David Silva. On their bench they have Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

Jurgen Klopp on why Mo Salah deserves Player of the Year

‘Do I get a vote? No. I think Mo would deserve it 100%. As his manager, I’d say “come on, prove it by playing at this level for the rest of the season”. That’s how it is. Both players have played an outstanding season with obvious highlights. Scoring goals, creating chances, which is what everyone wants to see. I am happy that I don’t have to make this decision. Yes, Mo would deserve it. But if I said now that Kevin De Bruyne should have no chance I’d be lying. He’s a fantastic player and City will be champions so he has a trophy. Maybe we can at least win the other one.’

Liverpool’s front three is as talented as any but Salah has 14 more goals in all competitions than the club’s second top scorer Roberto Firmino. While he certainly benefits from Liverpool’s ultra-offensive system, Salah doesn’t have a world class midfield providing him with an almost endless supply. Instead, he’s often the architect of his own brilliance and at times this season it’s felt like he’s been carrying Liverpool on all fronts.

Only three players have managed to score 30+ goals in a 38-game season – Alan Sherear, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo – and Salah will surely break into that bracket in the remainder of the season. But what makes the Egyptian’s achievements all the more remarkable is that he’s on course to be the league’s top scorer from the wing. Much in the same way Ronaldo once did, Salah has redefined the expectations we’ve placed on wide players and his campaign is comparable with any individual season in Premier League history.

Percentage of team’s total goals scored Premier League 2017/18

Harry Kane (Tottenham)39%Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)39%Jamie Vardy (Leicester)32%

But forget the numbers for a moment. Salah’s contribution to Liverpool’s season extends far beyond his contributions in front of goal. He is integral to how Liverpool play, how they pin teams back and how opponents approach matches against the Reds.

De Bruyne will walk away with a Premier League winner’s medal but that is largely irrelevant here. That’s his prize for playing his part in a great team. This is an individual prize and Salah has been the most impressive individual on every level.

THE CASE FOR KEVIN DE BRUYNE

De Bruyne has flourished under Guardiola’s tutelage as Man City have bossed the league (Getty)By Ewan Roberts

In an era when the top end of the Premier League is more competitive than ever before, it should have been impossible for Manchester City to be this dominant. Yet they are on course to win the title earlier than any team before them, with more points, wins and goals. The football they have played has been both breathtaking and joyous to watch, even for opposition fans, and at the heart of it all has been the irrepressible Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian has evolved again under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola and taken his game to an even higher level, now playing in a deeper role as one of the all-action central midfielders ahead of Fernandinho. He is as capable driving forward from deep and shrugging off challenges as he is ghosting into gaps further up the pitch; he is as adept playing expansive, Hollywood passes – with either foot – across the pitch as he is splitting stubborn defences with a cute through-ball. Part playmaker, part box-to-box battering ram, it’s as if the brain of Luka Modric has been wrapped up in the barnstorming, physical shell of Steven Gerrard.

Most chances created Premier League 2017/18

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)98Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)84Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)75

He embodies the incredible variety and versatility of this Manchester City team, just as capable of killing you by a thousand cuts or with a short, sharp swing of the axe; De Bruyne can out-pass teams, or straight-up roll them over. He has created 98 chances in the Premier League this season, more than any other player, and laid on a league-high 15 assists. The pass before the pass? He’s got that covered too, recording more second assists than anyone else. And this is all while bringing balance and ferocity in midfield – his 54 successful tackles is the most of any City player.

As well as being a creator for others, when his teammates are huffing and puffing De Bruyne is often on hand to blow down the door himself. There was the weak foot – if you can even call it that – piledriver against Leicester, or the more cultured right-foot curler against Shakhtar. At Stamford Bridge, he tanked through the centre of the pitch and then hammered the ball past compatriot Thibaut Courtois. De Bruyne is pure power and feathery finesse all in one package; enforcer, creator, finisher, passer, match-winner rolled into one.

Kevin De Bruyne on why he deserves to win Player of the Year

‘Well, if I get it, it would be nice, I think, for the team and for me. In one way I believe I deserve it, because I have been very consistent in my form. I am very happy with myself, I am very pleased with how I have played and I didn’t expect to be this good this season to be honest. There is almost no game where my standard has dropped, so I have been very constant. To maintain the level in the amount of games I have played, the amount of minutes, I am very pleased with that.’

‘Kevin is an outstanding, amazing player,’ says Guardiola, who only ranks Lionel Messi above the Belgian. ‘He’s a humble guy, all his teammates love him, he wants to play every single game and he fights until the end.’ That last part is telling: as gracious as De Bruyne is on the ball, he is a grafter off it, not just setting the tempo with his passing but setting the standard with his pressing too.

Admittedly, Mohamed Salah has been superb in front of goal for Liverpool, but it should be noted that his positioning – especially when Liverpool have the ball – is closer to that of centre-forward than a traditional winger. As De Bruyne himself points out: ‘With the statistics, how are we going to compare ourselves? It’s totally different. I played at the weekend like a defensive midfielder, so how you can compare me to an inside forward? I have no idea.’

What happens when Salah and De Bruyne don’t start?

SALAH:

Porto – UCL – DRAW 0-0Crystal Palace – PL – WIN 1-0Stoke City – PL – WIN 3-0Burnley – PL – WIN 2-1Everton – FAC – WIN 2-1Leicester – EFL – LOSS 2-0

Win percentage when Salah doesn’t start: 66.6%

DE BRUYNE:

Shakhtar – UCL – LOSS 2-1Basel – UCL – LOSS 2-1Burnley – FAC – WIN 4-1Wigan – FAC – LOSS 1-0West Brom – EFL – WIN 2-1Wolves – EFL – DRAW 0-0 (p)Leicester – EFL – DRAW 1-1 (p)

Win percentage when De Bruyne doesn’t start: 28.5%

Salah would be a worthy Player of the Year, but De Bruyne is the best player for the best team in the country, having an era-defining campaign, and no-one has been so controlling, so complete and so downright dominant as the Belgian. Salah does a few things well, De Bruyne does everything well. Salah finishes moves, De Bruyne starts them. Salah can go 90 minutes toiling on the periphery of matches, his performance re-written by a single swing of his left boot, while De Bruyne is constantly calculating, plotting and affecting matches in every single second he’s on the pitch.

He is the heartbeat of his side, with almost every devastating Manchester City attack orchestrated by their man in midfield, and that is worth far more than Salah’s goals. City’s dominance and depth has created the perception that they would still be unstoppable without any single one player, but that you have to question such a notion with De Bruyne, and him alone, speaks volumes. He stands out even in a side that are tearing up the record books. Would Guardiola swap him for Salah? Not in a million years.

Kevin De Bruyne votes for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to win PFA Player of the Year award

Kevin De Bruyne has backed Mohamed Salah to win the PFA Player of the Year award (Picture: Getty)Kevin De Bruyne has revealed he voted for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

Egypt superstar Salah is enjoying a quite magnificent season at Anfield, scoring 38 goals in 44 games for the Reds since signing from Roma last summer.

Salah’s form has helped Liverpool climb to third in the Premier League, while Jurgen Klopp’s side face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this week.

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The PFA Player of the Year award appears to be a straight shootout between Salah and City’s influential midfielder De Bruyne.

The Belgian star named Salah, Harry Kane, David Silva and himself as the stand-out performers in the Premier League this season, but says he had to vote for Liverpool’s Salah.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of City’s Champions League clash at Anfield, he said: ‘I vote for Salah, I wouldn’t know how to choose anyone else.

Kevin De Bruyne has helped Manchester City storm to the Premier League title (Picture: Getty)

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‘This season he’s up there with David [Silva], Harry [Kane] and myself. I’m honest, I vote for him.’

De Bruyne has previously suggested he deserves to win the award over Salah. He has 12 goals and 19 assists to his name this season.

‘Well, if I get it, it would be nice I think for the team and for me. In one way I believe I deserve it, because I have been very consistent in my form,’ De Bruyne said.

‘I am very happy with myself, I am very pleased with how I have played, I didn’t expect to be this good this season, to be honest.

Liverpool v Manchester City

Previous meetings this season…

Sep 2017, Premier League: Man City 5 Liverpool 0

Jan 2018, Premier League: Liverpool 4 Man City 3

Top scorers in Champions League…

Roberto Firmino – 7Sadio Mane – 6Mohamed Salah – 6Sergio Aguero – 4Raheem Sterling – 4

Path to the quarter-finals…

Liverpool topped Group E ahead of Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor without losing a game. Jurgen Klopp’s side then thrashed Porto 5-0 away in the Round of 16 before cruising through 0-0 in the second leg.

Manchester City topped Group F ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s side won their first five games but lost 2-1 to Donetsk in the final match having already won the group. Man City overcame Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the first knock-out phase.

Odds…

Liverpool to qualify: 4/9

Manchester City to qualify: 17/10

Fixture and draw dates…

First leg at Anfield: Wednesday 4 April

Second leg at the Etihad: Tuesday 10 April

Semi-final draw: Friday 13 April

‘I think there is almost no game where my standard has dropped, so I have been very constant, and I am very happy with myself.

‘To maintain the level the amount of games I have played, the amount of minutes, I am very pleased with that.’

Shay Given, the former Newcastle, Man City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, also believes the award should go to De Bruyne due to his contribution to the Premier League title push.

‘You cannot say enough what an amazing season De Bruyne has had,’ Given told Sky Sports. ‘He is an all-round team player.

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‘We talk about the individual brilliance of some players in the team but what he brings to the team with his assists is world class.

‘Of course he brings goal as well but his vision, his weight of pass… He just sees things that other players don’t see. For me he is the player of the season.

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‘Of course Liverpool fans will be at home saying Mohamed Salah has run him very, very close but I think De Bruyne is going to pick up the Premier League [title], if not this Saturday then in the coming weeks, and I feel he just edges him because of the team he is playing in.

‘But any other season I think Mo Salah would be picking up that gong.’

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Previous meetings this season…

Sep 2017, Premier League: Man City 5 Liverpool 0

Jan 2018, Premier League: Liverpool 4 Man City 3

Top scorers in Champions League…

Roberto Firmino – 7Sadio Mane – 6Mohamed Salah – 6Sergio Aguero – 4Raheem Sterling – 4

Path to the quarter-finals…

Liverpool topped Group E ahead of Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor without losing a game. Jurgen Klopp’s side then thrashed Porto 5-0 away in the Round of 16 before cruising through 0-0 in the second leg.

Manchester City topped Group F ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s side won their first five games but lost 2-1 to Donetsk in the final match having already won the group. Man City overcame Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the first knock-out phase.

Odds…

Liverpool to qualify: 4/9

Manchester City to qualify: 17/10

Fixture and draw dates…

First leg at Anfield: Wednesday 4 April

Second leg at the Etihad: Tuesday 10 April

Semi-final draw: Friday 13 April