Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side beat the world's best

The Sky Blues - who lost the first leg of the quarterfinal round 3-0 to the Reds on April 4 - started the scoring in Tuesday's second leg.

Liverpol won the match 2-1.

A furious Guardiola confronted Mateu Lahoz at half-time and was sent to the stands for his protests, from where he watched his side offer meek resistance against the improved visitors.

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Bernardo Silva hit the post and Leroy Sane had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside but Liverpool held out, leaving Salah and Firmino to clinically punish a flagging City after the break.

Premier League title favourites Manchester City have been knocked out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage after losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool, while five-time winners Barcelona have also exited after Roma produced one of the competition's great comebacks. "In this competition you have to make it flawless and the decisions have to be good".

The Citizens boss was seen running onto the pitch to remonstrate with the match official moments after he called time on the first half in the quarter-final.

"The boys found a solution".

Mateu Lahoz was criticised by Guardiola for not awarding City a penalty against Monaco last season.

"It's too much to send [me] off because I didn't say any wrong word".

And Salah said he was proud of how Liverpool responded to a tough start.

City are already 3-0 down from the first leg following their capitulation at Anfield last Wednesday.

Speaking just after the final whistle to BT Sport, Guardiola said the referee overreacted in sending him to the stands.

"It always helps if you know about the problems, you deal with the problems but if we concede a goal nothing changes".

The turning point came seconds later when Sane turned into an empty net after Loris Karius's punch came back off his own player James Milner.

Former Liverpool player Harry Kewell has predicted a tough night for the Reds in their Champions League quarter-final game against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Instead, Mohamed Salah's 39th goal in a sensational season put Liverpool in control before Roberto Firmino's composed finish secured Liverpool's first Champions League semi-final appearance in a decade.

This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.

  • Julie Sanders