Manchester City was blown away by Liverpool’s stunning first-half performance during Saturday’s FA Cup semi final. Ibrahima Konate scored and Sadio mane got a brace
Jurgen Klopp couldn’t help but look in disbelief when Liverpool scored against Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal.
Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring, and Sadio Mene was at the second as the Reds put City under pressure at Wembley Stadium. Konate rose higher than Nathan Ake to head into a corner in ninth minute. Mane took advantage of a terrible error by Zack Steffen and covered from point-blank distance.
Thiago’s superb pass was clipped by Thiago and the Senegalese star added his second goal just before the end of the intermission. Klopp, however, had a different reaction on the touchline.
As his team grew in lead over Premier League leaders, the German manager looked blankly into space. With only one game remaining, he was utterly stunned. City are one of Europe’s best teams and have reached the Champions League semi finals. Klopp was not the only one to be stunned by the half-time scoreline.
Liverpool legend Alan Shearer has criticized Liverpool’s performance as a Newcastle legend “phenomenal”Klopp was also credited for making changes to the XI that drew 3-3 in midweek with Benfica. “It’s been a phenomenal performance from Liverpool,”Shearer stated that BBC One. “We said before the game how they might be a bit fresher from the changes that Jurgen had made in midweek and that has been the case. Right from the first whistle, they went after City, they closed them down, they won every first tackle, every second ball.
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“They’ve had Zack Steffen’s help, but they have won every match.” Shearer’s co-pundit and former City defender Micah Richards was equally spellbound by Liverpool’s stunning first 45 minutes and pointed out they had a much better start than in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad. “Extraordinary game” Richards – who won the FA Cup with the Sky Blues in 2011 – added.
“Manchester City started quickly last week in the 2/2. Liverpool have however been there from the beginning and City wasn’t sure what to do.” Although Liverpool appeared to have an unassailable lead at half-time, City hit back just two minutes after the interval as Jack Grealish scored from close range following fantastic work in the penalty area from Gabriel Jesus. The other FA Cup semi-final pits Chelsea against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.