Liverpool Football Club. Champions League semi-finalists. The Reds have beaten Manchester City, the Champions elect of the Premier League 5-1 over two legs and Liverpool march on to the Champions League semi-final. Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) with the winners and losers from the away leg.
WINNER: Mohamed Salah
Repeating myself like every week, Mo Salah is a winner coming out of the Champions League quarter-final. He notched his 50th goal contribution of the season in scoring his 39th goal. The Egyptian is simply on another level to any other player in the Premier League and maybe even the Champions League at this rate because simply no-one could stop him. You can’t say the same about Lionel Messi, who was stopped by Roma, nor can you say the same about Cristiano Ronaldo, who would undoubtedly get stopped by Andy Robertson.Embed from Getty Images
There’s no more to say about Salah but he’s just great, we’re very lucky to have him, appreciate him.
LOSER: Pep Guardiola
The Manchester City boss was sent off at half-time by the referee for arguing about the disallowed Leroy Sane goal, and him getting sent to the stands was the beginning of the end for Man City. Images of him sitting in the stands by himself with his head in hands left Liverpool fans laughing. Three losses in a week for Pep and his City side, two of which to us, definitely put Josep in the loser side of this.
WINNER: Trent Alexadner-Arnold
Over both legs, no player made more tackles or interceptions than Liverpool’s 19-year-old right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold. After a poor game against Crystal Palace, being picked apart by Wilfred Zaha, Trent’s turned it around and put in two of the best full-back performances that we, as Liverpool fans have seen a very, very long time.
After being plagued by full-backs like Alberto Moreno for the better part of a decade, having two that are half decent at the same time is a very refreshing feeling.
Trent’s not even a full-back by trade and he’s still pocketed Leroy Sane, one of the best young attacking talents in world football, for 180 minutes.
Kudos to you, Trent.
LOSER: Raheem Sterling
Every time we play City, and every time we beat City it’s always good (from our perspective) to look at Raheem Sterling and have a bit of a chuckle at the fact that we’ve put him and his side to the sword again.
WINNER: Jurgen Klopp
I don’t think anyone really realises how lucky we are to have Jurgen Klopp as our manager. The most charismatic manager in world football today. The most motivational.
His half-time team talk must have been something incredible. I would have given anything to be a fly on the wall of that talk. After a dodgy first half, Liverpool came out in the second much more assured and managed to push forward to get the result. The influence of Klopp cannot be understated. At all.
LOSER: Leroy Sane
Two goals disallowed and pocketed by Trent. I could say more but it’s not needed.
WINNER: Us. The fans.
We’re off to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years. We’re back within the elite of the footballing world. We’re beating any single team put in front of us and we are the lucky ones that are being brought along for the ride. The atmosphere last week and then the away end in the Etihad last night was incredible.
Liverpool truly has the best fans in the world and the most passionate, and strong-willed fans anywhere. One match at a time now though Reds. Onto the next one and the draw on Friday.