Liverpool's Klopp keeps Champions League dreams in check

A security detail book-ended the coach as Jurgen Klopp and his squad arrived

A security detail book-ended the coach as Jurgen Klopp and his squad arrived

"Liverpool will not be scared of anyone left in the Champions League but the team I think they would prefer to avoid in the semi-finals is Real Madrid." .

After suffering a 3-0 defeat to the Reds at Anfield, City has a huge task of defeating Liverpool by three goals at the Etihad.

"Over the course of eleven months you have ups and downs", Guardiola said after Tuesday's loss to Liverpool. They've had a lot of doubters out there, questioning if they are good enough. In fact, their best moment came just before half-time when Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, hardly noticeable in the game up to that point, drove at the City defence and nearly got in.

"We had these two or three moments already at end of the first half so it was easy for me and the boys to see the development of the game and that we are already through the whirlwind", said Klopp. When you say: 'Pep, what you have done in Barcelona or Bayern Munich, is it possible to do that without those big players?' - it's impossible, so be calm.

As the teams came off, Guardiola's protests about Sane's disallowed goal resulted in him being sent to the stands for the second half.

"I was polite, I was correct, but Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special".

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The other charges after the first match at Anfield last Wednesday were acts of damage and crowd disturbances before hours before kick-off.

Salah's equaliser to Gabriel Jesus' opener was absolutely crucial because it all but killed off any hopes of an unlikely City comeback - the importance of that goal didn't go unappreciated, none so more than Sky Sports' Phil Thompson.

The Citizens then hit the post through Bernardo Silva, while just minutes later they had a goal ruled out for offside, with Leroy Sane's effort chalked off.

Ray Parlour believes Liverpool could be on the road to their sixth Champions League crown after sailing past Manchester City and into the semi-finals. The Dutchman has added much-needed defensive solidity.

"In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important", said the Spaniard afterward, denying he had insulted the referee.

Per the Guardian's Andy Hunter, manager Jurgen Klopp lashed out at the "idiots" who did so, but it would seem his words had little effect on some of the fans who went overboard again on Tuesday.

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