How Liverpool’s home and away record in UCL knockouts compares

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Much has been made about whether Manchester City will be able to handle the Anfield atmosphere when they face Liverpool in the Champions League – but just how big is home advantage for the Reds?

Anfield is famed for its intense atmosphere on European nights, and lots believe Pep Guardiola’s men will be knocked off their stride when they face Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

City have already been beaten 4-3 at Anfield in the Premier League this season, and there is an expectation they could struggle once more.

Speaking to Jamie Carragher in Daily Mail about Chelsea’s intense rivalry with Liverpool in the mid-2000s, Frank Lamaprd said: “There’s no doubt – and I know you’ll agree with me – we were a better team! What made the rivalry grow even more was your fans. They made it level. I don’t like giving Liverpool credit but they gave you an extra man.”

We’ve taken a look at Liverpool record in the knockout stages of the Champions League, since the competition was rebranded from the European Cup, and found the following:

– Liverpool have a 57.1% win ratio at Anfield, compared to 42.9% away from home.

– When playing at Anfield first, Liverpool have made it through to the next round 50% of the time.

– When playing at Anfield second, Liverpool have made it through to the next round 87.5% of the time.

– Only Benfica, in 2005-06, have knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League when the second leg has been played at Anfield.

– Three out of the four times Liverpool have been beaten over two legs in the Champions League knockout rounds they have played at home first.

The stats do indeed suggest that Anfield does have a big impact on Liverpool’s chances, but Manchester City will take plenty of encouragement from the fact that it is the first leg, rather than second, that is being held on Merseyside.

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