Liverpool thrash Premier League leaders Manchester City 3 – 0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final clash at Anfield.
The Citizens head into the game the favourites considering their League form and the fact that a win against city rivals Manchester United will give them the Premier League title this weekend.
All it took for the scoreline to change in this clash was 12 minutes as Mohamed Salah fired home from very close range after latching on to a pass from Roberto Firmino to make the scoreline 1 – 0.
To the amazement of the home fans, the Reds continued with their pressure on Pep Guardiola led City side and it paid off in the 21st minutes as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain collected a pass and decided to shoot from about 20 metres out. He hit it perfectly! And the ball zoomed around the goalkeeper and ended up inside the left post making the scoreline 2 – 0.
Sadio Mane made it 3 – 0 in the 31st minute as he ran onto a clever lofted pass from Mohamed Salah and easily beat the keeper with a header into the left side of the goal from close range.
And at the end of the first 45 minute it was Liverpool that walked into the tunnel with their shoulders high on a highly comfortable 3 – 0 lead.
Manchester City started the second half with much intensity but they could trouble the formidable defence setup by Liverpool.
All eyes will be on the return leg that will take place at Anfield in a fortnight time, but with City trailing by three goals, the tie might just be a mer formality.
In other Champions League quarter final clash, Barcelona thrash AS Roma 4 – 1 at the Camp Nou.