Jose Mourinho tells Liverpool to 'create a cage' to stop Lionel Messi

Virgil van Dijk also scored for Liverpool, which advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home.

"We have a realistic team", the midfielder said.

The pair have scored over 1000 club goals between them, and their domestic tallies are now exactly level at 597 goals.

In the second half, an incisive through pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold put Mo Salah through on goal and the "Egyptian King" perfectly slid the ball under Iker Casillas, the goal taking the sting out of the contest.

Mane missed to find an open goal when off balance after rounding Iker Casillas.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is relishing a semi-final with Barcelona after his side cruised into the last four of the Champions League. In a top vs. bottom clash, league leaders Liverpool travel to relegation-candidates Cardiff.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has proved once again this season that he is the undisputed best player in the world, according to Brazilian great Rivaldo. Finding replacements from the famed academy has not proven easy, and expensive imports meant to plug the gaps have not always settled quickly or easily - something which goes for both of the most expensive, Coutinho and Dembele.

"So we won the game and now another semi-final, it's unbelievable really".

"We are more experienced, that is clear".

The Liverpool manager sympathised with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who said it was a "cruel" way to lose after his side thought they had scored a late victor against Tottenham, only for Raheem Sterling's strike to be disallowed for an offside in the build-up. It is all good.

"Over the last couple of seasons, with the teams we have beaten in the Champions League, we should go there with confidence no matter how tough it is going to be".

Warnock has done a good job with Cardiff and even if they go down they should be a strong and more experienced team going back into the Championship. We did that from the first day of the season and so far it worked out. Stopping Liverpool's attack is hard to do and even more hard when you've got one of the worst defenses in the league.

"Together, the club and Kick It Out, we will sort it out, certainly where Wayne's concerned because he is actually very desperate now to learn as much as he can".

  • Julie Sanders