Dejan Lovren reveals lively half-time talk sparked Liverpool turnaround against Manchester City

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

Jurgen Klopp felt Liverpool had seen off the best side in the world after beating Manchester City to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special.

At half-time Guardiola walked on to the field to complain to Antonio Mateu Lahoz but the referee sent the manager to the stands. "I was not overly happy at halftime to be honest", said Klopp. "I just said, 'It's a goal".

"It says a lot about the boys that we soaked up that pressure in the first half that got the crowd up", he said. "It's too much to send me off because I didn't say any wrong words".

"We are now in the semis and first of all we should enjoy the moment because it's obviously a while ago that Liverpool were in the semis".

With City still boasting a 13-point Premier League lead, a seventh title in nine seasons as a senior coach in three different countries remains a formality.

But, with Sane's goal scrubbed, a single goal was a meager return for City's relentless and energetic attacks in the first half.

"In these kind of games, in these competitions, the impact is so big".

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Yet, Guardiola's outburst is the latest in a highly charged season that has also seen him reprimanded by the English Football Association for wearing a yellow ribbon in protest at the imprisonment of political activists who seek independence for his native Catalonia.

Liverpool are Champions League semi-finalists after a resounding 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City, with plenty of stars shining for the Reds.

Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they host Bournemouth at Anfield as they look to take a step closer towards a top-four finish in the top flight.

City played at high intensity as they completely dominated the first half and produced numerous chances to further reduce the arrears after Jesus' opener.

"We've had 10 incredible months".

"People talked from the beginning about Manchester City being favourites and they were favourites, but I think after this there should be more respect for Liverpool".

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