Guardiola set to be axed by UEFA after confronting referee

Guardiola set to be axed by UEFA after confronting referee

I wondered after the first game whether Klopp's visibly more defensive set-up in the second-half hinted at a shift towards a greater balance in his approach but within three minutes of this one, Jesus made that question irrelevant.

Liverpool were already facing four UEFA charges over the setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances after City's team bus was attacked at Anfield prior to the first-leg on 5 April.

Kelly grew up in Newcastle and supported the Magpies but said he always knew he was in the wrong city and moved to Merseyside 10 years ago.

Manchester City, playing with high intensity, were bossing the game and had a penalty appeal turned down as Sterling went down as he tried to beat Andrew Robertson.

Guardiola marched onto the pitch at the break to remonstrate with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after a Leroy Sane goal that would have put his side 2-0 up was contentiously disallowed and was told to sit in the stands for the second half.

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Perhaps that was the hint Liverpool needed to recover their confidence and whatever Klopp said to his team at half-time, there was another distinct shift which became obvious as soon as the second-half started.

"I didn't insult him, I was polite, I was correct".

Salah compounded City's frustrations with a simple finish 56 minutes in, becoming the first Liverpool player to score eight times in a single Champions League or European Cup season, and Firmino pounced on a Nicolas Otamendi error to seal their passage to the last four and match his team-mate's record tally.

"The ball [for Sane] came from (James) Milner".

"The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different". That's why he sent me off.

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All City's breathless efforts were undone when Liverpool got the crucial away goal - Sadio Mane burst into the box, City keeper Ederson dived at his feet but the ball spilled out to Salah who took his time before coolly converting. "The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside".

"To recover three goals is not easy".

Liverpool found some space, some passes and the thing they needed most. "We were beaten by an exceptional team", he said.

Per the Guardian's Andy Hunter, manager Jurgen Klopp lashed out at the "idiots" who did so, but it would seem his words had little effect on some of the fans who went overboard again on Tuesday.

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