Guardiola sent off as Salah sends Liverpool into semi-finals

Guardiola sent off as Salah sends Liverpool into semi-finals

"The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside".

However, a second goal wouldn't come for the hosts, with Bernardo Silva hitting the frame of the goal.

On a night of high frustration for free-spending City, manager Pep Guardiola was sent off at half-time for taking his furious protests towards Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz too far.

After the break, the visitors improved and scored on 56 minutes, with Mo Salah coolly dinking the ball over Nicolas Otamendi into the back of the net to all but kill off the tie. "But I knew we could beat them".

Jurgen Klopp felt Liverpool had seen off the best side in the world after beating Manchester City to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool fans would have been forgiven if memories of their 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season came flooding back.

The storm did come for Liverpool in the first half, when Pep Guardiola's team seemed to occupy every critical part of the pitch in every moment and were ahead within two minutes in a torrent of pressure that made the head spin.

City will feel they were on the rough end of the decisions as they complained that Sterling should have had a penalty when he was fouled by Andrew Robertson and Salah's opening goal at Anfield was offside.

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But away from an attacking threat that has been present all season, it is a much-maligned rearguard that is giving Klopp and Liverpool grounds for optimism. "This wonderful goal that we served them on a plate", he said.

Usually a well-oiled machine which steamrolls across all comers, Manchester United and Liverpool have shown what can be done when the opposition has the quality to attack City effectively, and what can happen to City mentally when things don't go their way.

Liverpool finds out its Champions League quarterfinal opponent on Friday.

Remarkably, the seven-goal haul of Sadio Mane this season places him just behind Salah and Firmino, alongside Roger Hunt (1964-65) and Steven Gerrard (2008-09).

In this golden season, however, Salah only needs one chance and so it proved again as he collected the ball as it ran loose from Mane's drive into the area before delivering a composed lofted finish with the confidence of a man who feels he can not miss. "'Wow! Very big, very good.' Melwood, Liverpool's practice ground, must feel nearly Lilliputian in comparison". "You can not become a good team overnight and we are still developing, but we are here and we deserved it and I am really happy about that".

"We defended well, it's not our best game but we deserved it at the end". You won't find a team who can keep the same momentum, the same rhythm, the same pace with this amount of games.

He added: said: "The Champions League is not about perfection - it's about the result, character, mentality and attitude".