Jurgen Klopp Salutes Pep Guardiola
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 19:26
Salah and Firmino were on target to turn the second leg around in the second-half and take the prolific front three's tally for the season to a combined 79 goals.
The 25-year-old produced a cool finish when his team needed him most, settling the nerves for both Liverpool fans and players. You can feel it on the streets.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was not sure whether City's players were affected by the situation, and admits he "wasn't really aware" Guardiola was not on the touchline until after the game.
City manager Pep Guardiola sprang a huge surprise by leaving his top scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench in an otherwise extremely offensive-minded line-up. Diaz had won the Saudi King's Cup and Saudi Professional League last season and reached the final of 2017 AFC Champions League however the club board of directors had made a decision to sack the Argentine following a string of unsatisfactory team performances.
"Even Thierry Henry, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League, only got 39 goals in his most prolific season ever". If you don't score the second and the third then it's not easy again.
The sheen of invincibility had gone.
City, without their conductor on the sidelines for guidance, still managed seven attempts on goal in the second half - 13 in the first - but found no way to add to Gabriel Jesus's second-minute opener.
Klopp said: "I said it will be hard for him to play again this season".
"About a month ago I said that Salah was on De Bruyne's coattails but now I honestly think he's gone past him".