14 ridiculous stats from Man City 1-2 Liverpool

14 ridiculous stats from Man City 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool are two matches away from reaching an eighth European Cup final, but getting to Friday’s draw meant passing runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s men put Europe on notice following a deveasting 3-0 win at Anfield last week, but the job wasn’t done, and just when everyone thought City would turn it around the Reds biggest names showed up to inflict yet more pain on Pep Guardiola.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino helped Liverpool come from a goal behind and in the process ensured history was made. It was a night full of records being set and broken and we’ve listed them here.

1. Pep’s Scouse nightmare

Throughout his managerial career Pep Guardiola more often than not got his own way. However, even the best come unstuck, and no team caused him more problems than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have laid waste to Manchester City on no fewer than three occasions this season. No team before has managed such a feat.

2. Home discomforts for City

It’s been a tough few days for Guardiola who isn’t accustomed to losing: only 11.5% of his 515 matches as manager have ended with him on the beaten side. And even more rare for him is seeing his side lose back-to-back home matches, which has just happened. You have to go back to the tail-end of the 2014/15 season with Bayern Munich for the only previous time.

A loss to Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, in the DFB Pokal semi-final, was followed by FC Augsburg leaving the Allianz Arena with a narrow 0-1 victory.

3. A rare streak

And what about the last time Pep’s seen his team endure three consecutive defeats? It’s occurred once before. Again, during the backend of his second campaign in charge of Bayern, those losses to Dortmund and Augsburg sandwiched a crushing defeat away to Bayer Leverkusen in the league and a humbling 3-0 loss at the Camp Nou to eventual Champions League winners Barcelona.

4. Mo and Bobby make history

There’s no question that Liverpool’s front three is one of the more deadly across Europe and last night they proved why. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, under Klopp, have been a sheer revelations.

Both registered their eighth Champions League goal of the season, to put that into context, no Liverpool player since the European Cup was reimagined in 1992 has attained such a number.

5. Klopp’s machine shows no sign of waning

Jurgen Klopp is a manager that constantly wants to play on the front foot. His team relentlessly press their opposition and once regaining possession they counter like there’s no tomorrow. To say they’ve been relentless in this season’s Champions League is an understatement.

Heading into the semi-finals the Reds have bagged 33 goals across 10 matches (one every 27 minutes) which incredibly is the most by any English side in competition history (1992/93 season-present).

6. Minimum goals

To further illustrate Liverpool’s ruthlessness they’ve scored a minimum of five goals across both legs in this season’s Champions League going back to the qualification phase: Maribor (ten), Spartak Moscow (eight), Hoffenheim (six), Sevilla, FC Porto and Manchester City (five). Whoever faces them in the semi-finals will know what to expect.

7. Trent comes of age

Going into the quarter-final meeting against Manchester City you could be forgiven for being doubtful of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had just endured a wretched showdown against Marcus Rashford and Wilfried Zaha. After those games, the upcoming duel with Leroy Sane became even more daunting.

But, such is the youngster’s mentality, Sane never got the better of him at Anfield and it was a similar story in the return leg. The Liverpudlian, who was nine the last time Liverpool reached the Champions League semi-finals, played a significant role in Klopp’s sides achievement.

8. Efficient Reds

Not only are Liverpool scoring freely but they’re doing so with minimal fuss. Against a City side chasing goals Klopp’s men knew patience was going to be key, once gaining an effort on goal, they had to make it count. And boy did they.

Across 90 minutes the Reds created two chances, a measly return for such an attack-minded team, but – to Klopp’s satisfaction – both of those opportunities ended up in the back of Ederson’s goal.

9. Salah’s wonderous season

There are no more words to describe the season Mohamed Salah is having. It seems he’s either breaking or setting a new record after each game. Tuesday evenings showdown at the Etihad Stadium was no different.

The 25-year-old Egyptian forward has now been involved in fifty goals in all competitions, scoring 39 of those himself and creating a further 11 for his teammates, he’s the first Premier League-based player to reach this milestone this campaign.

10. A small consolation for Raheem

Since controversially leaving Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer of 2015, after four seasons at Anfield, it hasn’t been easy for Raheem Sterling when facing his former club.

So much so up until yesterday he’s been ineffective. His pass to Gabriel Jesus, who put City in front after two minutes, was the first time he’s been directly involved in a goal against the Reds.

11. Liverpool on the backfoot

City’s game plan was working. A fast start, which they needed, sowed the seed of doubt in Liverpool’s mind. Another would have certainly tested their faith, but it never came, and Klopp’s men regrouped to comfortably book their passage to the final four.

However, to illustrate how well the soon-to-be Premier League champions were doing, none of Liverpool’s outfield players attempted more passes than goalkeeper Loris Karius (a former City academy player).

12. A new resilience

Much of the praise heading Liverpool’s way is understadnly directed at their magficfcant attack but spare a thought for Klopp’s much-maligned defence.

The introduction of Dutch colossus Virgil van Dijk has been a significant factor in the Reds rearguard fortunes changing, the Dutch centre-back has brought calm and much-needed leadership, though as we saw in the return leg there’s still a long way to go.

But the five-time European champions head into the semi-finals with the best defensive record of any team left in the competition. Across 10 matches they’ve conceded seven goals, 0.70 per game, with only Bayern (eight goals shipped in nine matches) coming close.

13. Pep’s kryptonite

Going back to an earlier point. Guardiola has rarely been victmised since taking charge of boyhood club Barcelona in 2008 and thus embarking on what is an illustrious coaching career.

Only three managers have beaten him on three or more occasions: Jurgen Klopp (8), Jose Mourinho (5) and Arsene Wenger (3).

What makes this even more incredible is the fact since January the aforementioned Klopp has secured three wins over him.

14. Euro Reds

Liverpool’s history and love affair with the European Cup is well-documented. No team from England has won the prize on more occasions (5) and they, along with Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, are the only clubs from these shores to successfully defend their crown.

This season’s final four appearance will be the club’s 10th, a feat only surpassed by Manchester United who have played 12 semi-final contests to date.