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Liverpool cruised to a three-goal lead at half-time before holding on resolutely after the break to beat Man City 3-0 in the Champions League.

Though marred an unsavoury approach by some supporters before the game, with the Reds welcomed to Anfield by a sea of red on Arkles Lane the tone was set for a thrashing.

With a crescendo of voices hailing down on Jurgen Klopp‘s side from the first whistle, they blitzed their visitors with three first-half strikes.

The first came from Mohamed Salah, following a stunning break from the Egyptian and typical endeavour from assist-maker Roberto Firmino.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a moment of brilliance as he powered home a loose ball from 25 yards to make it 2-0, before Sadio Mane capped the goalscoring with a header on the half-hour.

With Salah withdrawn due to an injury concern just after the break, Liverpool were forced to hold on and hope for a clean sheet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson were all impeccable at the back, and the Reds were able to restrict City to pot-shots from range.

None of those hit the target, and Klopp can now plan for another test away to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, before returning to the Champions League for the second leg of this quarter-final on Tuesday night.



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