Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct following during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Liverpool.
However, after a verbal kick up the backside from Lovren and some tactical input from Klopp, the second half proved to be a totally different affair with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring to secure a 2-1 win and 5-1 aggregate victory.
After Gabriel Jesus put City up inside two minutes Leroy Sané had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside after the ball fell to him from Liverpool’s James Milner.
Defender Dejan Lovren has lifted the lid on the dressing room exchanges which sparked Liverpool into a second-half comeback against Manchester City. We needed to start new, that was clear, and we used the momentum for us.
The Citizens faced a mountainous task of overturning the three-goal deficit set by Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final tie.
“I didn’t insult the referee”, Guardiola said.
‘I would have been nervous at 3-0 down at half-time, but we would still have had a chance’.
Virgil van Dijk has steadied the team at the back since his arrival from Southampton in January, in midfield there is energy and tenacity to burn, while up front the attacking potency from Liverpool is a match for any side in world football at the moment.
“If we have a good day we can beat anyone, on an average day we concede cheap goals”. “We knew we had to get the ball better and we defended better in the second half”.
With a few smart signings this summer, many will be tipping Liverpool FC to be one of the main challengers for the Premier League title next season.
“Last season it was the round of 16, this season it’s the quarter finals, hopefully next season we can go to the semi-finals”.
“The regret is definitely the first six or seven games of the season in the Premier League”, added Lovren.
But it is also in keeping with Guardiola’s three years at Bayern Munich where an unprecedented level of domestic dominance wasn’t matched by three semi-final exits in the Champions League.