Liverpool made it through a late scare to continue on course for an historic quadruple as they reached the FA Cup final with a win over Manchester City at Wembley..
If last Sunday’s Premier League meeting between the clubs was a classic, this semi final was successfully determined in a one-sided first forty five minutes, where a combination of ruthless finishing as well as Manchester City errors saw Liverpool take a 3-0 lead.
An under-strength City had been not able to recover, as Liverpool now are in the FA Cup final, having won the Carabao Cup, in addition to the last four games of the Champions League and also the second in the Premier League.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, that was not able to begin Kevin de Bruyne and also had Kyle Walker out hurt, chose Zack Steffen to Ederson in goal, a shift which back-fired dazzlingly.
Ibrahima Konate had actually led Liverpool in front after 9 minutes when Steffen, attempting to replicate Ederson’s feats in the league match between these two clubs, was miscontrolled in his six yard area, making it possible for Sadio Mane to swoop.
Mane beat Steffen with a crisp volley at the end of an excellent Liverpool build up to place Jurgen Klopp’s side in total command at the break, but Jack Grealish pulled one back in the second half and goalkeeper Alisson twice saved Gabriel Jesus crucially as this semi-final came to life.
Bernardo Silva pulled one more back for City at the beginning of a tense period of stoppage time but Liverpool made it through to face either Crystal Palace or Chelsea, who meet at Wembley on Sunday, in the final on 14 May..