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The Blues had a mountain to climb after a 3-0 defeat in the first-leg at Anfield but got off to the ideal start at the Etihad when Gabriel Jesus fired home after just two minutes.

Jurgen Klopp named the expected starting lineup, with Mohamed Salah deemed fit enough to start.

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 second half belonged to the Reds, however, and Salah's 39th goal of an unreal season led to memorable celebratory scenes among the players.

"I know what happened in Monaco last season, at 1-1, with an incredible penalty [not given to] Sergio Aguero". They haven't done that in the last two games.

Speaking about the Spaniard after the game, Guardiola said: "But he is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special".

He added at a news conference: "It's different to go in 1-0 at half-time to 2-0".

Liverpool are through to the Champions League semi-finals following a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate victory over runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City. You won't find a team who can keep the same momentum, the same rhythm, the same pace with this amount of games.

With City all-but guaranteed the league title and Liverpool falling short in both domestic cup competitions - the League Cup and FA Cup - Europe's elite club competition offers Klopp his only chance of silverware this season. The goal for Gabriel Jesus in Anfield is a goal, it's not offside.

"The whole team kept them out last Wednesday because the three up front were defending. Congratulations to Liverpool but, in the right moment, we missed the right decisions". They made their clash into something much bigger than a quarter-final first leg and it made a difference.

"We can not compare what we've done in the Premier League when we are here", he explained.

City were looking at the Treble, but they've allowed emotion to cost them a shot at the Champions League semi-finals.

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

Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they host Bournemouth at Anfield as they look to take a step closer towards a top-four finish in the top flight. "When you see the second half, again they had a couple of chances but nothing too serious".



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