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Guardiola meddles his way towards Anfield mauling

05 Avril 2018

LIVERPOOL was forced to apologise after Manchester City's team bus was pelted by bottles and cans ahead of their highly-charged Champions League quarter-final on Thursday morning (AEST). And the sight of Salah hobbling off in the 52nd minute with what appeared a left groin injury gave hope to City.

And manager Pep Guardiola said he "doesn't understand" the attack.

An away goal would have changed the complexion of the match, especially given that Salah hobbled off injured and could yet be a doubt for next week's second leg at Etihad Stadium.

Normally you would say that during that first-half spell when Liverpool really rattled them, they just needed to sit in, defend and make life hard for Klopp's side - by denying them space for example.

"I don't feel we are already through". Jurgen Klopp got his tactics right, but that's not going to get you a 3-0 win.

"Defensively, to a man, I thought the back four were stunning and the goalkeeper (Loris Karius) is getting better and better", Gerrard told BT Sport.

Merseyside Police are conducting enquiries to identify those responsible for throwing objects at the bus, while Liverpool have condemned the attack and vowed to support City in establishing the facts of what occurred.

Conor Masterson had one of the best seats in the house, at Anfield last night, as he witnessed his Liverpool teammates tear Premier League champions-elect Manchester City to shreds.

City started off brighter in the second half, but they were unable to break down Liverpool who were like concrete at the back. Of course, it is not Liverpool, it is the people- it was not only one, only two, only three.

After half-time, though, the Reds showed the kind of defensive discipline to protect their 3-0 lead that we do not usually associate with this Liverpool team. "After the game he said they had a lot of possession, but possession doesn't win you football matches".

Guardiola, meanwhile, had a rare night when his tactics went awry and his team selection was questionable. "City will try it again and they still have a chance", he said.

"Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening", said ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola.

Liverpool FC issued a statement strongly condemning their supporters' attacking of the visiting opponents' bus. But the bad news for everyone else is that he's unlikely to play any worse for the remainder of the season.

Liverpool tore City apart with three goals in the opening 31 minutes of the all-English first leg clash at Anfield.

"We see what happens".

Guardiola meddles his way towards Anfield mauling