Guardiola set to be axed by UEFA after confronting referee

Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell

This will be particularly annoying for the club's owners as they had already been hit with four charges due to the misconduct of their fans prior to the first leg at Anfield for setting off fireworks, throwing objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances with the City bus infamously being damaged as they arrived for the game.

Liverpool is known for their fast-paced, high-pressing attacking play, but Klopp's men showed that they're capable of doing whatever is required of them in order to get a result.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool rode their luck during City's first-half blitz, but he praised his players for sticking to the task.

It has been a hard week for City, with their two losses to Liverpool coming either side of a derby defeat by Manchester United. Guardiola was sent to the stands as he was involved in a heated argument with the referee.

The victory was Liverpool's second in a week over the Premier League champions-elect and their third over Guardiola's side - who have lost just seven matches in all competitions - this season.

They have also become the first Italian club, apart from Juventus, to reach the last four since Inter Milan in 2010.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's testing week gained another setback after European governing body Uefa charged him with improper conduct during their Champions League defeat to Liverpool.

"I know that Mo feels really good here, and he knows that our style of play is ideal for him", he said. For the first time this season, City were outclassed.


"At Anfield, Gabriel Jesus' strike was a goal". They always told us: 'Sign him!'

Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all scored in the first 31 minutes of the match for Liverpool, who also made sure City didn't get that all-important road goal.

Liverpool won the game 2-1 to complete a 5-1 aggregate success.

"I have absolutely no interest in comparing us".

He added: "If you go in 2-0 at half-time it's a little bit different and when [the ball] came off Milner, it can't be offside. We had luck, we had luck in a couple of moments to be honest, but when you look over the two games we have been fearless and when you are courageous the luck goes with you".

Heading into the semi-finals, the Merseysiders must fancy beating anyone, but Lovren does have his preferred choice for the draw.

The visitors braved a Blue Storm to eclipse the proceedings at the Etihad, and on a day which saw multiple records tumble in their favour, they rightfully rose to take the mantle of England's last representatives in the grandest European stage of them all.

Liverpool is the top scorer in the Champions League and its quality on the counterattack left City prone to a sucker-punch and Salah applied it.

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