Liverpool are 'second favourites' to win Champions League

Liverpool are 'second favourites' to win Champions League

Liverpool are 'second favourites' to win Champions League

City's European exit capped a wretched week, which also saw them blow the chance to clinch the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United but Guardiola called on his players to deliver one last push.

Although Liverpool's three-goal burst last week came in the opening 45 minutes, they hit City with quickfire goals in the 59th and 61st minutes when they inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on the English champions-elect in January.

"I've said many times that I play for the team and I try to score each game to try to help the team to win the games".

"They have a lot of experience in the Champions League, a lot of records and over the past three seasons it is always them".

Manchester City, playing with high intensity, were bossing the game and had a penalty appeal turned down as Sterling went down as he tried to beat Andrew Robertson.

What will surely dominate those thoughts are the fact that the Spaniard's hope of taking City into the elite of Europe, in the company of his former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, remains a goal he has yet to achieve.

Wave upon wave of further attacks during the first half proved fruitless, however, and the City boss confronted his countryman Lahoz on the field at the break over Leroy Sané having a goal ruled out for offside.

Perhaps that was the hint Liverpool needed to recover their confidence and whatever Klopp said to his team at half-time, there was another distinct shift which became obvious as soon as the second-half started.

That Achilles heel resurfaced on Tuesday, as after a rousing first-half performance gave them hope, Salah's 39th goal of the season all but ended the tie 11 minutes into the second period. Replays showed Liverpool midfielder James Milner played the ball in the Germany winger's direction. I didn't insult him. It would have been different to go in 2-0.

Mohamed Salah paid tribute to Liverpool's resilience after the Reds responded to an early setback to seal their place in the Champions League semi-finals in remarkable fashion on Tuesday. "The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside".

Liverpool found some space, some passes and the thing they needed most.

"We had luck in a couple of moments to be honest, but when you look over the two games we have been courageous and when you are fearless the luck goes with you".

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