Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

How Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp got it right against Man City

How Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp got it right against Man City

Liverpool are through to the Champions League semi-finals following a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate victory over runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct after being sent to the stands in Manchester City's loss to Liverpool.

City could not match their first-half intensity after the break and Liverpool professionally closed out a place in the semi-finals of Europe's elite competition for a 10th time.

The referee sent Guardiola to the stands when the City manager angrily confronted him on the pitch and was seen wildly gesturing at the official.

"But whoever we get will find it hard to come to Anfield and score some goals".

Guardiola felt City were on the wrong end of some poor decisions, which he felt included Raheem Sterling being denied a penalty after a challenge by Andy Robertson.

"I didn't insult the referee, I was polite, I was correct".

The second offence came while sitting in the stands as television images showed Guardiola seemingly communicating with City's bench.

All City's breathless efforts were undone when Liverpool got the crucial away goal - Sadio Mane burst into the box, City keeper Ederson dived at his feet but the ball spilled out to Salah who took his time before coolly converting. There are six games to go and we must focus on that, finish the season with a Premier League trophy.

"The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different". The attacking trio of Jesus, Bernardo Silva, and Leroy Sane launched a barrage of attacks at the Liverpool defence but the visitors were lucky on more than one occasion. "We didn't get high enough, didn't get the pressure on them and that's as a team, everyone together, so I thought we did that, we got about them a bit more second half". That helps. The boys deserve the semi-final. The damage in this instance was done in the first leg, when he employed an unfamiliar system that featured Ilkay Gundogan on the right wing and centre half Aymeric Laporte at left back.

"At Anfield, Gabriel Jesus' strike was a goal". City protested strongly, arguing the ball towards Sane had come off Liverpool's James Milner.

"It would have been different to go in 2-0".

"I've changed my position many teams but we play as a team and everyone gives 100%".

"I should say big congratulations to Liverpool for going through", he said.

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