Liverpool Beat Manchester City 5-1 On Aggregate To Secure their First UEFA Champion League Semi-final Since 10 Years.
Manchester City started perfectly as they tried to overturn their 3-0 loss from the first leg when Raheem Sterling set up Gabriel Jesus for a cool sweep past Loris Karius after only two minutes -Josep Guardiola’s side dominated the remainder of the half and came close to making it two when Bernardo Silva’s deflected shot struck the post-
The goal was canceled for offside even though the ball came off Liverpool’s James Milner and Pep with an explosion of anger step on to the pitch to protest the outcome with the referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, which led to Guardiola being sent off to watch the second half from the stands.
With Guardiola away from his technical area, City lost momentum and the visitors bounced back with a crucial equalizer by the Egyptian’s top man Mohamed Salah for his 39th goal of the season after a powerful run by Sadio Mane in the 56th minute.
Before half-time Klopp had tried to release some pressure by putting the Egyptian in a more central role and when the ball broke loose in the City area with 11 minutes of the second half played, Salah was once again in the right place at the right time. The away goal was a blow to the City side
Klopp has taken Liverpool to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008 in only his second full season at a club which is only the ninth-richest in Europe. He may yet draw with the winner between Barcelona and the Serie A team Roma, who, so far, are at their best in this game of the wealthy.
Yet the Liverpool manager’s achievement is also extraordinary when one considers they sold arguably the club’s best player, Philippe Coutinho, in January and have just about broken even in spending since Klopp’s arrival in late 2015.
Man City 1 Liverpool 2 (1-5 on aggregates) on the final whistle of the second-leg UEFA champion league semi-final 2017-2018 season.