3 things that went right for Liverpool against Manchester City
Liverpool progressed into the Champions League semifinal with a 5-1 aggregate victory, after winning 2-1 in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the win on the night after Gabriel Jesus got City off to the perfect start with a goal in the second minute.
This is Liverpool's third win in four games against Manchester City this season, while the CItyzens have now lost three on the bounce for the first time this season.
Liverpool, with their 33 European goals this season, set the record for the most by an English team in a single Champions League season too.
Here's what went right for the Reds.
#3 Lady luck
It is an often overused cliche that to progress in big tournaments, you need a little bit of luck to go your way. And on the night, Liverpool didn't have a little bit of luck, they had a generous chunk of it.
City went hell-for-leather in the first half, and the Reds had to endure wave after wave of City attack.
They had defended well from the time Jesus scored till the end of the first half, when two moments gave an indication it was going to be Liverpool's night.
Bernardo Silva cut in on his left foot and unleashed a shot towards the far corner. The ball brushed Dejan Lovren's head and absolutely slammed Loris Karius's post.
Barely a moment later, Leroy Sane had what looked like a perfectly good goal disallowed by the raised flag of the assistant referee. Despite multiple replays, it was not easy to figure out why the referee disallowed that goal.