There have been 45 goals scored in the 15 games between Jurgen Klopp & Pep Guardiola for Liverpool and Man City, an average of 3 goals per game. Over 2.5 goals has landed in 10 of those 15 games and in five of the last six. The two sides have scored a whopping 240 goals between them across all competitions this season.
Liverpool and Man City can not be separated this season, with both Premier League games finishing 2-2 and the title race going right down to the wire. Three of the last four games between the sides have finished as a draw. The last two meetings between these two sides at Wembley have gone to extra-time (2016 League Cup final & 2019 Community Shield), while each of Liverpool’s last four games at the national stadium have also gone the distance.
Diogo Jota has scored five goals in his seven domestic cup games this season, including both of Liverpool’s goals in the League Cup semi-final vs Arsenal and the only goal of the game in the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Nottingham Forest. The forward has scored in each of his last four starts for Jurgen Klopp’s side, including the 2-2 draw at the Etihad.
Six of the last eight FA Cup semi-finals between two ‘Big Six’ sides has seen both sides find the net, while all five of Liverpool’s league games against the current top four has finished as a score draw: 2-2 vs Man City, 2-2 vs Man City, 1-1 vs Chelsea, 2-2 vs Chelsea and 2-2 vs Tottenham.
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Man City vs Liverpool: Match Stats
Manchester City and Liverpool have met twice before at Wembley stadium, with both games ending in a 1-1 draw before going to penalties. City eventually emerged victorious on both occasions in 2016 (League Cup final) and 2019 (Community Shield).
This is the first FA Cup meeting between City and Liverpool since Gérard Houllier’s side ran out 1-0 victors away from home over Kevin Keegan’s men in 2003, with Danny Murphy scoring the winner. Indeed, Liverpool’s only two defeats to City in the competition came in replays, winning three of the other five games (including two draws).
This is also the first FA Cup meeting between teams in the top-two of the Premier League on the day of the game since the 2016/17 semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, a 4-2 victory for the Blues. The only other occasion the semi-final of the FA Cup was contested by the Premier League’s top-two teams was in 1998-99, won 2-1 by Manchester United against Arsenal after a replay.
Following their Premier League fixture last weekend, Liverpool and City will meet twice in the space of a week for the first time since April 2018, when both legs of their Champions League quarter-final came six days apart. The sides last contested two separate competitions in such a short amount of time during Jürgen Klopp’s first season at the club in 2015/16, losing the League Cup final three days before a 3-0 Premier League win over Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Manchester City are appearing in their fifth FA Cup semi-final in the last six years – only missing out in 2017/18 – and all coming under Pep Guardiola. They have however lost three of the previous four games (including one win) after what was an eight-match winning streak at this stage between 1933 and 2013.
Liverpool have progressed from eight of their last ten FA Cup semi-final ties, only failing to do so in this run in 1989/90 (against Crystal Palace) and in their most recent appearance at this stage in 2014/15 under Brendan Rodgers (against Aston Villa).
When used as a neutral venue, Liverpool haven’t won any of their last six games at Wembley (four draws and two losses), though did beat Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup final in February. Having won more matches at the old venue than any other side (15), Liverpool have only won one of their eight encounters at the new site (2-1 against Everton in 2012).
Throughout their managerial careers, neither City’s Pep Guardiola nor Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp have lost more often against any other manager than they have against one another. In domestic cup competition, they have one win apiece against each other, with Guardiola’s Bayern Munich beating Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the 2014 DFB-Pokal final, and Klopp returning the favour in the 2014/15 semi-final (2-0 on penalties after a 1-1 draw).