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Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool vs Manchester City tie is last eight’s TRP

Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool vs Manchester City, Uefa Champions League quarterfinals

Uefa Champions League quarter-finals draw didn’t live up to the expectation. Out of four ties, three of them winners are pre-decided if football pundits to believe and bigger teams live up to their expectation. And to add fuel to fire, former Liverpool boos Brendan Rodgers claims that Liverpool vs Manchester City will be the tie of the round.

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The first tie will be played between FC Barcelona and AS Roma. If you’ll ask anyone favourite for the tie, you’ll get only one answer – Barcelona, unless and until you are AS Roma die-hard fan.

The same goes for second tie which will be played between Sevilla and Bayern Munich. Bavarians are clear favourite for the tie despite Sevilla’s performance against Manchester United in last 16.

Juventus vs Real Madrid is a question-mark because of Turin giants’ defensive ability, but we saw them struggle against Real Madrid in last season final. Juventus ageing squad will be able to cope up with Real Madrid’s counter-attacking football is difficult to judge, but still we’ll have to give advantage to Real Madrid.

The only tie left with a high TRP is Liverpool vs Manchester City game. The same nation clubs always fight for everything when it comes to European rivalry and it gives an assurance of a high-octane match. The two sides have already produced 12 goals in their two Premier League games this season. City won at home 5-0 back in August but fell to a thrilling 4-3 defeat on Merseyside in January.

Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield on April 4 in the first leg and travel to the Etihad six days later for the reverse fixture. And Rodgers, who was in charge of Liverpool for three years, believes it will be the “tie of the round.”

Rodgers said as Daily Star reports, “It’s brilliant. Two fantastic teams, it’s going to be a special occasion. Obviously the first game is at Anfield so Liverpool will look to make a good start in the tie there. It’s a fascinating game, it should be brilliant. It’s just a shame that both got drawn together at this stage; it would have been nice for them to have been split up, to be honest. They’re both two very, very good sides. I think it’s probably the tie of the round.”