Former Liverpool full-back John Arne Riise claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side can’t afford to concede an early goal against Manchester City as it could change the course of the tie.
The Reds travel to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with a 3-0 lead over the Citizens.
Despite that healthy buffer, Riise thinks Liverpool’s rearguard must protect their goal in the early stages of the clash in Manchester.
“I expected the high intensity and the pressure from the Liverpool side but I expected the City side to have more of the ball, control the game more,” he told Sky Sports.
“What I would say is Liverpool always seem to score no matter who they play against.
“If they score one goal, (City need) five.
“I’ve been 3-0 down before myself and one goal can change so much.
“If you score an early goal you get the crowd going, the fans going and the players going. It could change.”
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