Jurgen Klopp admits the clock is ticking on his target of winning a trophy within the first four years of his Liverpool tenure but after eliminating Manchester City he says he dare not dream that it will be the Champions League.
Chasing an improbable comeback following a 3-0 reverse at Anfield last week, Guardiola named an attacking line-up and the hosts led on the night through Gabriel Jesus inside two minutes. However, Salah and Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino turned Liverpool's fortunes when they scored two second-half goals to progress Liverpool into the semis.
"I was expecting something like that but I liked the reaction immediately after that". You need to react in the right way. I can't find a specific reason for it, it just happened. "We must keep our heads up because we weren't knocked out playing badly". While they let City have a majority of the possession, they were also forced to take low-percentage shots, and just 3 of their 20 shots ended up on target.
"We didn't have any luck with injuries and City didn't have injuries all season".
"To be honest I was shouting a bit at half-time".
"I've changed my position many times, but in the end we play as a team".
In the second half, Liverpool really came out of their defensive shell and began to attack.
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Guardiola added: "I know [the referee] from Spain".
"They could've scored two or three goals in the first half".
Fired-up by that breakthrough and with the crowd roaring them on, City were first to every ball, applying constant pressure on the Liverpool defence while Juergen Klopp's side were unable to earn some respite.
"He [Guardiola] took the risk".
Given that most people consider Manchester City to be the top team in England this season, Liverpool FC's triumph over too legs is not to be undervalued. We needed to start new, that was clear, and we used the momentum for us. "I think if they do get the away leg first and then the home leg, we've seen what they can do away from home and they've done that throughout this Champions League campaign". When the Egyptian came off with a few minutes left to play - the Etihad emptying, the away fans raucous - Klopp hugged his goalscorer for so long that you wondered if they might watch the last few minutes together arm-in-arm.
While not a crucial game in the context of their league season, it was an opportunity to make a statement of intent, to put down a marker that this was the moment that the balance of power in Manchester had truly shifted, possibly for decades to come.