Liverpool stun City to put one foot in Champions League semi-finals


Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after crushing Manchester City at Anfield.

The Reds will take a healthy 3-0 advantage into the return leg at the Etihad following this swashbuckling display on Merseyside.

City were greeted at the ground by a bombardment of missiles from a waiting crowd that caused damage to the team bus and forced Liverpool into an official apology.

It appeared to have an effect on Pep Guardiola's players too with the away side failing to make any impact in a first half dominated by the hosts.

Mohamed Salah, the heartbeat of this Liverpool team, broke the deadlock on a magical night under the floodlights at this famous old ground.

Kyle Walker won't want to see the replays of his horrific attempt at a clearance and the Egyptian isn't one to pass up an invitation to stick the ball in the back of the net.

If that goal came about from some bad defending Liverpool's second of the night was a piece of pure genius.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trapped the ball with a lovely first touch before unleashing an absolute rocket that almost burst the net.

In truth, the contest was over by half time when Sadio Mane sent Jurgen Klopp's boys in three goals to the good as he got on the end of a Salah delivery.

Guardiola's decision to bench Raheem Sterling, a former Liverpool player of course, had backfired spectacularly and the manager recognised his error by throwing him on.

But Liverpool stood firm with little need to venture forward in search of more goals in the second period and goalkeeper Loris Karius could not have wished for a quieter night.

The only negative for Klopp was Salah pulling up with a suspected groin injury in the second half as the German sweats over the fitness of his star man for the second leg.

But even without their talisman, along with the suspended Jordan Henderson, Liverpool will be huge favourites to progress into the last four after this demolition job at Anfield.

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Liverpool fans set off flares outside the stadium.
Liverpool fans set off flares outside the stadium.
Liverpool fans set off flares outside the stadium.
Manchester City team bus is hit by missiles outside the stadium.
General stadium view ahead of the match.
View of the tunnel ahead of the match.
A picture shows people sitting at a cafe in downtown Cairo with a mural depicting Mohamed Salah painted in the background.
Liverpool fans outside the stadium.
Fans outside the stadium before the match.
Manchester City and Liverpool players walk out before the match.
Liverpool fans before the match.
Manchester City's Leroy Sane in action with Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their opening goal.
Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring their second goal.
Manchester City's David Silva looks dejected after Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it 2-0.
Pep Guardiola reacts as City go 3-0 behind.
Liverpool's James Milner and Roberto Firmino celebrate as Sadio Mane makes it 3-0.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Sadio Mane makes it 3-0.
Manchester City's Kyle Walker.
View of the scoreboard.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah applauds the fans as he is substituted after sustaining an injury.
Liverpool's Loris Karius celebrates with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren after the match.

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