Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: 5 things we learned
Liverpool made their way into the semifinals of the Champions League thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Even Manchester City couldn’t do it.
Pep Guardiola’s men had Liverpool pinned to their own 18-yard-box for much of this one-sided fixture but a 2-1 victory sends Jurgen Klopp’s charges through to the semi-finals.
Liverpool fans were apprehensive heading into Tuesday night. Their lead was too big, their performance in the first leg just too commanding. Everything felt too good to be true.
Maligned for his decision to oust Raheem Sterling for the first leg, Guardiola had no choice but to go all-out in attack.
Gabriel Jesus joined the Englishman in a two-man frontline, supplemented by a frustrated Leroy Sané on the left wing. Kevin De Bruyne was brattish and brilliant on the opposite flank, with the excellent Bernardo Silva ahead of him.
After 2 minutes, it looked like Guardiola’s gung-ho tactics would pay off. Gabriel Jesus slid a tidy finish past Loris Karius, before ripostes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed a momentous victory.
In a game that will have Anfield whispering for the first time since Istanbul in 2005, here are five things we learned.