May 20, 2018

Can Liverpool FC go all the way in the Champions League?

15 April 2018, 05:18 | Joan Schultz

GETTY Pep Guardiola requires perfect performance from Manchester City stars

Pep Guardiola

"It was all positive, there was nothing negative, but I needed to remind the guys that we had 50 minutes to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League and we needed to give more".

Pep Guardiola's current torrid time as Manchester City manager took a further turn for the worse Wednesday with news that UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into his "improper conduct".

The former Barcelona boss made his feelings known at half time when he disputed the decision with the match officials on the pitch, but was sent to the stands and was forced to watch the second half from the stands. It's different when Gabriel Jesus' goal at Anfield is offside.

The Spaniard later denied he had said anything to justify Lahoz's decision to send him to the stand. It was a while ago Liverpool was in the semis and I was in the semis and now we are there together."Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the "perfect" performance and the hosts got the ideal start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds".

Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino killed off any hopes of a City fightback after an early Gabriel Jesus strike, securing a 2-1 victory and a 5-1 aggregate success in a compelling quarter-final.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane is tackled by Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.

In the first leg, he preferred to play an extra midfielder in Ilkay Gundogan and left Raheem Sterling on the bench, and Aymeric Laporte out of his normal position at left-back when Fabian Delph, who has performed there this season, was fit.

"When it comes from Milner it is not offside, and we go to half-time 2-0".

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However, Guardiola too must now face up to repetition of adverse Champions League results in the spring as a pattern rather than coincidence.

"These kind of games, this competition the impact is so big".

And on Tuesday Sadio Mane exploited a big hole in the middle of the defence for Mo Salah's first goal, while Otamendi made an inexplicable mistake for Roberto Firmino's victor. "The other teams will have their targets as well when we meet them in the semis; I think they are not without ambitions".

Karius said: "I know the kit man, two physios and Brian Kidd, that's about it".

"We've had 10 unbelievable months".

"But again there's a lot we can learn from these two games as well".

"Just try to analyse game by game".

Meanwhile, the Reds now sit third in the Premier League, level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham who have a game in hand.

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