Champions League takeaways: Liverpool advances after controversy

  • Champions League takeaways: Liverpool advances after controversy

Champions League takeaways: Liverpool advances after controversy

Firecrackers were expected in the match as Manchester City were trailing Liverpool 0-3 from the first leg.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool's usual suspects, got on the scoresheet and ensured their side's passage into the top four.

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

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was proud of his team's resoluteness and character in overcoming Manchester City 2-1 at the Eithad in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final. But if Liverpool score, Pep Guardiola's side will need a total of five to go through, as they did not score at Anfield. Pep Guardiola was sent off at the break for over appealing against a controversial decision. But I know him [Lahoz] from Spain, so I could imagine that.

It was Liverpool whose approach turned out to be ideal in the circumstances as they followed up their staunch first-half defending to deliver the decisive blows, scoring through Salah in the 56th minute and Firmino 13 minutes from fulltime to clinch their third win against City this season. "Over the course of 11 months you have ups and downs", Guardiola said. It's different when Salah's goal at Anfield is offside.

"Big congratulations to Liverpool, hopefully they can represent England well in the semifinal".

"The ex-Bayen Munich coach was furious his side were denied a second goal after Leroy Sane's strike had been incorrectly ruled out for offside", he said.

Despite detailing a long-running feud with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Guardiola insisted he had no complaints about the overall result and will now turn his attention to securing the Premier League title.

City were helped signficantly that September afternoon by a first-half red card for Sadio Mane and the home fans were screaming for the Senegalese to be dismissed again on 14 minutes for a late challenge on Nicolas Otamendi. Now we are there together - so that's quite a cool moment and I'm really happy about it.

Despite the early misstep from van Dijk to concede the goal, Liverpool were able defend well against a fierce Manchester City attack over both legs.

"The ball for Sane came from James Milner. It would have been different to go in 2-0", Guardiola moaned.