Can Liverpool win the Champions League?
Liverpool entered this season’s Champions League at the play-off round but have made it to the semi-finals for the first time since 2007-08
Liverpool will draw huge confidence from emerging successfully from this all-Premier League quarter-final – and there will have been delight when news filtered through from Italy that Roma had stunned Barcelona.
Klopp’s side have the quality in attack to trouble any of the defences left in the Champions League, with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich looking favourites to join Liverpool and Roma in the last four.
Liverpool’s defence rode their luck and had their nervous moments here but the bottom line is they restricted City to one goal over two legs.
The final aggregate score was convincing, although City will complain long and hard about some decisions.
Liverpool cannot match the experience of battle-hardened Champions League campaigners like Real and Bayern.
However the potency of their attack, their growing momentum and the history that gives the club a sense of destiny in this competition means they will have high hopes of lifting the trophy for a sixth time.
Man of the match – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Familiar territory for Liverpool – the stats
- Liverpool have reached the semi-final stage of the European Cup/Champions League for the 10th time – the only English team to have appeared in more are Manchester United .
- After reaching the Champions League semi-finals in each of his first seven seasons in the competition as manager with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has failed to make this stage in both of his campaigns with Manchester City.
- Liverpool are the first team to beat a side managed by Guardiola three times in a single season.
- Jurgen Klopp has beaten Guardiola more often than any other manager [seven wins].
- Guardiola has only progressed in two of his eight Champions League knockout ties as a manager in which his side lost the first leg [v Porto in 2015, Arsenal in 2011].
- Guardiola has lost three consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since May 2015 as Bayern manager.
- Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have both scored more goals in a single Champions League/European Cup campaign for Liverpool [eight each] than any other player in the club’s history.
- Gabriel Jesus has scored three goals in three games against Liverpool in all competitions, more than against any other team since his debut with Man City.
- Liverpool have scored 33 goals in the Champions League this season – the most by an English side in a single campaign.
Manchester City head for Wembley looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat when they meet Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday [19:45 BST]. Liverpool will know the identity of their Champions League semi-final opponents by the time they kick-off against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday [17:30].BBC