Three goals and a clean sheet gave the Reds a commanding lead ahead of next week’s trip to the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola’s side taken aback and rattled by what they experienced at a rocking Anfield in the opening 45 minutes.
Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead after 12 minutes, firing high into the roof of the net after some slack defending by Kyle Walker. The hosts doubled their advantage minutes later, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lashing a strike into the top corner from distance.
Sadio Mane added a third just after the half-hour mark, heading home a cross from Salah
City’s team bus was destroyed before the game, when it was pelted with missiles by a minority of Liverpool fans, but Pep Guardiola insisted that shocking incident had nothing to do with the final score and said his side still had a chance to reach the last four.
Guardiola said: ‘The result is tough but I don’t have the feeling (we are out). The boxes make the difference and they were so good in those situations. I believe a lot in this team. They show me many good things in the season. We have 90 minutes. We are going to try.’