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Liverpool produced a performance for the ages to open up a 3-0 first-leg lead over Man City in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool 3-0 Man City

Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg, Anfield
April 4, 2018

Goals: Salah 12′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 20’, Mane 30′


Fast Starts & Fantastic Presses

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There’s no question about the best part of this Liverpool team—flooding forward at pace and in numbers.

That might have been difficult to do against one of the best sides around, but City had no answer to the Reds’ rampant start to the match—and once confidence was up, there was no stopping them.

The crowd were already up for the game, but a few fast breaks and chances on goal was all it took to really ignite the atmosphere.

We’ve seen it before: the players respond to the supporters’ encouragement at Anfield, and on a long-awaited big European occasion, that went double.

Liverpool starting on the front foot, offensive-minded and relentless, is a sight to behold.

And it has given the Reds a perfect first-leg scoreline.

 

Trent’s Big Test

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Pre-game, defensive injuries had caused Jurgen Klopp a headache, and some supporters were vocal about their biggest worry: Trent Alexander-Arnold against Leroy Sane.

They needn’t have troubled themselves.

The right-back was utterly magnificent, faultless throughout the 90, consistent, composed and disciplined.

Sane’s pace was matched, the flight of the ball on a relentless diagonal out to the…



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