Liverpool reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City in their quarter-final tie.
The Reds recovered from conceding an early goal to win 2-1 on the night at Etihad Stadium courtesy of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Here is what the media made of an unforgettable game…
James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
At the end of the storm Jürgen Klopp had predicted there was a golden sky. Liverpool were tossed and blown but they held their heads up high and emerged triumphant on a dramatic night. The words of the club's iconic anthem, which echoed around the stunned Etihad, were fitting as the resurgent Reds booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Manchester City. Whatever Klopp said at half-time proved inspired. The second half display was brimming with guts, spirit and desire. This was Klopp's Liverpool. They were bold – just like their manager had demanded and they got their reward. Mohamed Salah, who appears to be writing his own scripts, coolly dinked home his 39th goal of the season to break City's resolve. Roberto Firmino then took centre stage to send the travelling Kop into raptures. Salah and Firmino have hit the heights during this thrilling Champions League adventure – their tally of nine goals in 11 outings is a new club record. But this was truly a momentous team effort. When Liverpool were under the cosh and their dreams were on the line, to a man they stood up and delivered. Don't underestimate what Liverpool achieved against Pep Guardiola's star-studded side. They didn't just beat the favourites to win the Champions League, they hammered them 5-1 on aggregate. Free-scoring City had just three shots on target in the space of 180 minutes. Defensively, Liverpool were rock-solid in the second half with Virgil Van Dijk organising and the outstanding Dejan Lovren putting himself into the path of everything City could muster.
John Cross, Daily Mirror
Jürgen Klopp celebrated with the Liverpool fans at the final whistle as if they had won the European Cup. And yet no-one can begrudge them one hell of a party, because this is the sort of victory which will make the Reds believe they can win it. We never thought these two would be able to trump last week’s first leg. But the sequel was even better. It was breathless and brilliant in equal measure as Manchester City gave everything - and somehow Liverpool triumphed to make the Champions League's semi-finals after an incredible white-knuckle ride. For all of City’s hard-luck stories - and there will be a few - the brutal reality is that they have been absolutely destroyed over the course of two games. Typically, it was Mohamed Salah with his 39th goal of the season who stepped up and scored the most important of all the six scored over the course of 180 pulsating and brilliant minutes.
Daniel Taylor, Guardian
In the away end there were songs about winning the European Cup and, this being Liverpool, thousands of euphoric voices joining in with the follow-up shout of “again”. And why not? Liverpool had survived a whirlwind, to use Jürgen Klopp’s description, and at the end of this epic tussle it was a sunrise of a smile on the German’s face. His team were in the semi-finals and Manchester City, once again, had been cut adrift from a competition where they repeatedly fall short. Pep Guardiola’s team will have to make do with the Premier League title whereas Liverpool will go into Friday’s draw because over the two legs they were more clinical during their spells of superiority. The killer moment arrived in the 56th minute. Salah’s through-ball gave Sadio Mané, Liverpool’s outstanding player, the initial chance and for a split-second it seemed as though Fernandinho might concede a penalty. Salah did not wait to find out. He was on the ball in a flash, swerving to the left of City’s goalkeeper, Ederson, before shaping his body for a tricky angled finish. He was an island of composure, floating in his 39th goal of the season with a delicate chip into the corner.
Miguel Delaney, Independent
Rather than one of the Champions League’s great historic comebacks, we instead saw the effect of one of its great modern players - and maybe another great Liverpool European season. That's what it feels like it's building up to, with the team following Mohamed Salah to such an elite level. The Egyptian once again displayed the wondrous standard he has reached, as well as ice-cold serenity amid the searing heat of the Etihad to kill all of Manchester City’s energy and send Liverpool into the competition’s semi-final for the first time in a decade thanks. Roberto Firmino made it 2-1 to win the game, to go with the tie. Mane surged forward and went down in the box along with many City defenders but, with everyone else on the ground, Salah again stood up - in so many ways. He also stood the ball up, divinely and decisively lifting it into the net. That was it. All the pace was gone from City, the chase was over. Firmino was left to win the game, but was just a detail rather than any determining factor. All of City’s speed, all of their intensity, had already been so quickly killed by one of the Champions League fastest players. And maybe now this season’s best.
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