The all-English Champions League quarterfinal gets underway on Wednesday, as Manchester City travels to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the first leg of their anticipated matchup.
In the United States, the match is scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV: Fox Sports 2 is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which is tailored towards international soccer fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live television channels, including Fox Sports 2. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: Fox Sports 2 is included in “Go Big” and “Gotta Have It” bundles. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can also get an Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: Fox Sports 2 is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
The first time these teams played this season, Manchester City rolled to a dominant 5-0 win at the Emirates back in September. Of course, it was difficult to put too much stock into that one, as the game completely changed after Sadio Mane’s red card in 37th minute.
Four months later, we got proof that these teams aren’t nearly as imbalanced as that score might have indicated, as Liverpool jumped out to a 4-1 lead at Anfield and ultimately held on for the 4-3 victory. That was, and still remains, City’s only loss of the Premier League season.
Despite that success, though, Liverpool still understand they have a massive task in front of them. City has been truly dominant this season, leading second-place Manchester United by 18 points with just seven matches remaining in the Premier League, and they are regarded as one of the top favorites to add a Champions League trophy to their haul.
“Yes, we beat Manchester City a few months ago – we knew before the game it was possible. With our skills, we can cause them problems,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “It is a big job to do. Manchester City are a special team. They deserve to be the champions of the Premier League. In football it is not about being the best, it is about being perfectly prepared for the next game. It is not about yesterday, it is about tomorrow. It is clear City’s confidence is on an outstandingly high level, but we are in a good moment as well. They have a chance because they win wherever they go, but we can win football games as well.”
Ultimately, that 4-3 contest in January is not only a reminder that City are beatable, but it also serves as evidence as to why this is one of the most anticipated Champions League quarterfinal matchups. Both of these teams have remarkable attacking firepower, as they lead the Premier League with 88 and 75 goals, respectively. Liverpool’s trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is playing as well as anyone in the world right now, while City–even without Sergio Aguero, who will miss the first leg with a knee injury–have an amalgam of different weapons, led by Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.
No matter what happens on Wednesday, its going to be extremely entertaining.