Guardiola: The referee is a special guy

  • Guardiola: The referee is a special guy

Guardiola: The referee is a special guy

At The Etihad, Pep Guardiola's wounded team got a boost from a second minute opener but Liverpool held firm, with a bit of good fortune at times, and the visitors then completed the job clinically with two second half goals.

At the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino worked tirelessly for the cause as City applied the pressure, but it was Mohamed Salah who grabbed the crucial away goal to effectively end the tie; the Egypt worldwide has netted 39 times this season.

In the second half, Liverpool continued to frustrate City and eventually managed to equalise as Mohamed Salah finished a swift counter-attacking move. "But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy".

The referee was unmoved, though, and with the Dutchman out of position, Fernandinho's through ball found Sterling and his low cross was swept home by Jesus.Salah had been an injury doubt after limping off in the first leg, but Liverpool were unable to spring the Egyptian free in the first 45 minutes as City peppered the visitors' box with crosses without finding the final touch.

"I said it was goal, I didn't insult him", he said, according to the Daily Telegraph. "(We) hit the post from Bernardo, but when you arrive you have to try to score the second goal". He likes to be different, he likes to be special. when everybody sees the things, he's going to decide the opposite.

"I said he was wrong", said Guardiola when asked about his dismissal. "Of course that is an influence", he continued.

In the same time, City's seven seasons in the Champions League since being bought over by the riches of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, have returned just one semi-final.

In the end, Liverpool went through 5-1 on aggregate, and Guardiola said it was a deserved result.

The Citizens faced a mountainous task of overturning the three-goal deficit set by Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final tie.

The United loss denied them the chance to wrap up the Premier League title with a record six games to spare and they may now need another two victories to secure the crown, but Jesus, 21, added: "It's heads up". "Our 10-month winning spell is exceptional".

With Liverpool FC so close to the final, and facing the Reds at Anfield a daunting prospect for any opponent, Liverpool FC are clearly one of the firm favourites to actually win the competition this season.