Liverpool charged by UEFA after Manchester City team bus attack

Lawrence Cooper
April 6, 2018

And he warned Pep Guardiola's stars Liverpool will show no mercy in the return leg at the Etihad next Tuesday as they seek an early away goal to kill the tie stone dead.

Doubts about both the club's decision to spend £35M on a player who never seemed to quite live up to his promise at Arsenal and doubts about Oxlade-Chamberlain's belief that Anfield offered him his best chance at delivering on that now seem foolish.

Liverpool supporters lined the streets to greet the arrival of Jurgen Klopp's team ahead of the first leg of the quarterfinal, with the Reds running out 3-0 winners. In this competition it is about going to the next round, and we are not in the next round.

"City are an wonderful football team but they are only human and you put anyone in a pressure environment in an atmosphere like that and maybe it can disturb them".

City have earned many plaudits this season but Klopp did not want to overplay the significance of beating them as he spoke in his post-match press conference.

The governing body announced on Thursday afternoon that Liverpool had been charged with the setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances.

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"Even if they thought they were in for a tough night, I'm sure they thought they were going to score a goal, so they will be shell-shocked". Everton are perhaps happier about this game than we are, and that's not fair. "Maybe tomorrow when I review the game I will say it was a disaster, but I do not have that feeling". "A reality check for this team tonight, they have a lot to do yet before they're regarded as a great team".

He said: "We lose one player to injury (Salah) and another - the captain (Jordan Henderson) - to a yellow card so it does not feel good".

If Liverpool could bottle up the Anfield atmosphere to take on their travels there would barely be a ground in Europe which held fears for Klopp's men.

Yet the fact that City's late pressure was accompanied by audible tension from the Liverpool fans was a reminder that the tie is not over.

Liverpool was rampant and harrying City off the ball in midfield when James Milner won back possession and moved it straight to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then unleashed an unstoppable drive from 25 metres to make it 2-0 in the 20th minute.

The excitement is coming thick and fast for Liverpool fans right now.

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