How Klopp countered Guardiola's plan to guide Liverpool into Champions League semis

Liverpool will not go to Man City to defend says Van Dijk

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool will not go to Man City to defend says Van Dijk Getty Images

Both Liverpool and Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola have been charged by UEFA following the events of Tuesday's Champions League encounter.

A furious Guardiola marched onto the pitch after the game to remonstrate with the Spanish referee but was told to sit in the stands for the second half and Liverpool went on to win 2-1 on the night.

"We had these two or three moments already at end of the first half so it was easy for me and the boys to see the development of the game and that we are already through the whirlwind", said Klopp.

Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola and Liverpool will know the type of hammer that will fall on them come May 31 after they were charged for improper conduct during the two legged Champions League clash that saw city fall by the way side while Liverpool progressed to the semi finals.

"But whoever we get will find it hard to come to Anfield and score some goals".

The Spaniard later denied he had said anything to justify Lahoz's decision to send him to the stand.

"I said it was goal, I didn't insult him", he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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They have been the best team during the season and the distance of points at the end of the season will be the effect of that superiority that they showed.

"I said he was wrong", added Guardiola when asked about his dismissal. And off one of them, Salah collected a loose ball, rounded goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and deftly chipped in the equalizer in the 56th for his 39th goal of the season.

"We didn't have any luck with injuries and City didn't have injuries all season".

The Reds are next in action at home to Bournemouth on Saturday evening in the Premier League, but for now their attention will be on the semi-final draw on Friday.

Despite detailing a long-running feud with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Guardiola insisted he had no complaints about the overall result and will now turn his attention to securing the Premier League title. "I have to analyse what we've done in 10 months and I think it's quite good".

"Congratulations to Liverpool first of all".

Gabriel Jesus' early goal hinted at a Manchester City fightback, but it never materialised as they struggled to find that clinical edge in the final third. City protested strongly, arguing the ball towards Sane had come off Liverpool's James Milner. I play for the team, I try to score each game for the team, that's the most important thing for me'.

Hyperbole to be sure, yes, but for much of the season, sports writers all over the world were hyping up City as one of the best teams in not just English, but also European history.

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