Major media deliver their verdicts on Liverpool's win at Etihad
Great performance from the Reds and well-deserved praise they got from the media.
James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
"At the end of the storm Jürgen Klopp had predicted there was a golden sky. Liverpool were tossed and blown but they held their heads up high and emerged triumphant on a dramatic night. The words of the club's iconic anthem, which echoed around the stunned Etihad, were fitting as the resurgent Reds booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Manchester City.
"Whatever Klopp said at half-time proved inspired. The second half display was brimming with guts, spirit and desire. This was Klopp's Liverpool. They were bold – just like their manager had demanded and they got their reward."
John Cross, Daily Mirror
"Jürgen Klopp celebrated with the Liverpool fans at the final whistle as if they had won the European Cup. And yet no-one can begrudge them one hell of a party, because this is the sort of victory which will make the Reds believe they can win it.
"We never thought these two would be able to trump last week’s first leg. But the sequel was even better. It was breathless and brilliant in equal measure as Manchester City gave everything - and somehow Liverpool triumphed to make the Champions League's semi-finals after an incredible white-knuckle ride."
Daniel Taylor, Guardian
"Salah’s through-ball gave Sadio Mané, Liverpool’s outstanding player, the initial chance and for a split-second it seemed as though Fernandinho might concede a penalty. Salah did not wait to find out.
"He was on the ball in a flash, swerving to the left of City’s goalkeeper, Ederson, before shaping his body for a tricky angled finish. He was an island of composure, floating in his 39th goal of the season with a delicate chip into the corner."
Miguel Delaney, Independent
"The Egyptian once again displayed the wondrous standard he has reached, as well as ice-cold serenity amid the searing heat of the Etihad to kill all of Manchester City’s energy and send Liverpool into the competition’s semi-final for the first time in a decade thanks.
"Firmino was left to win the game, but was just a detail rather than any determining factor. All of City’s speed, all of their intensity, had already been so quickly killed by one of the Champions League fastest players. And maybe now this season’s best."