Ray Parlour Details Why Champions League Final Could be Manchester City vs Liverpool. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour claims Manchester City and Liverpool could meet in the 2022 UEFA Champions League final.
Parlour has lauded the attacking ability of both English teams, which could be crucial during the tournament. Speaking to TalkSport, the former Gunner star said;
“They won’t want an all England final, but they are the two best teams at the moment in the world aren’t they. Man City is scoring goals for fun and you can argue without any striker and Liverpool, look at the players they have going forward.”
“They’re always going to score goals and Salah probably [is one of the best] if not, the best player in the world at the moment, so I can see a Liverpool and Man City final and what a final that would be by the way.” He added
👀 “They’re the best teams in the world. I could see a Man City vs Liverpool final!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 18, 2022
Both teams performed admirably in their respective first-leg matches in the Champions League Round of 16. Manchester City defeated Sporting CP of Portugal 5-0 on the road, with Bernardo Silva scoring a brace. Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, and Phil Foden also scored for Pep Guardiola’s team on the night.
Man City advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals as a result of the victory. Liverpool, on the other hand, beat Inter Milan 2-0 at Anfield in a hard-fought match. The Reds were able to take a two-goal lead over their Italian opponents’ thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the second half.
Last season’s Champions League final was also an all-English affair, with Chelsea taking on Manchester City. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues won that game thanks to a first-half goal from Kai Havertz. It was also the Cityzens’ first Champions League final in their history.
Manchester City currently leads second-placed Liverpool by nine points in the Premier League title race. So far this season, the defending champions have 63 points from 25 games.
Meanwhile, the Reds are in second place in the standings with 54 points. They do, however, have a game in hand on their title rivals and the chance to close the gap to six points.