Liverpool 'deserved winners' vs Manchester City: Jurgen Klopp

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However City were unable to add to their lead, mainly because of the officials awful mistake in disallowing Leroy Sane's goal, and in the second half Liverpool contained the hosts and scored twice from their few chances, Mo Salah levelling on the night and Roberto Firmino giving the Reds a 5-1 aggregate lead.

Yet after Bernardo Silva hit the post in the 40th minute and Leroy Sane had an effort ruled out for a disputed offside two minutes later, City had just the solitary goal to show for their first-half exertions.

Manchester City would have been going into the break 2-0 up had Sane's goal stood and riding high as Liverpool struggles to cope with their intensity in the first half.

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An angry Guardiola protested the match official's call as the teams walked down the tunnel after the first 45 minutes, which led to Lahoz sending him to the stands for the second half.

It's been six years since an English club last won the Champions League (Chelsea), so Liverpool will hopefully have the support of the whole nation heading into the semi-finals. With City already behind by three goals, they came out flying, scoring in the second minute and looking threatening all the way until the end. Lahoz, the same referee that denied Sergio Aguero a stone-wall penalty against Monaco last season, had enough of the back-talk and sent him to the stands. "I didn't insult him". "Over the course of 11 months you have ups and downs", Guardiola said. But we came back and fought hard to get the result.

Roma also advanced to the semi finals with a shock comeback victory against Barcelona in the second leg of their tie on Tuesday evening.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool have also been charged with violent conduct after setting off fireworks and throwing objects during the Etihad clash just like last week's first leg. More than a few Liverpool fans likely found their fingernails bitten down to stubs by the time the referee blew the halftime whistle.

City were helped signficantly that September afternoon by a first-half red card for Sadio Mane and the home fans were screaming for the Senegalese to be dismissed again on 14 minutes for a late challenge on Nicolas Otamendi.

The Reds' boss told theIndependent: "Over two legs, I really feel we deserve". Two more goals would level the tie, and they nearly got one more before half time, when Leroy Sané bundled the ball into the net only to realise it had been ruled out for offside.

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Manchester City scored the early goal it needed. If we go to 2-0 against that side it is a little bit different. I play for the team, I try to score each game for the team, that's the most important thing for me'.

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