The Associated PressMANCHESTER (AP) — After 2 minutes, the comeback was on.
Manchester City scored the early goal it needed. Just two more for one of the great Champions League fightbacks.
Then Mohamed Salah intervened.
With a typically deft finish, Salah made it 39 goals in a stunning first season at Liverpool and turned a potentially hazardous situation into a stroll at Etihad Stadium for one of the aristocrats of European soccer.
Liverpool weathered a “whirlwind” start from City — as manager Juergen Klopp described it — to win 2-1 in the second leg of their breathless quarterfinal and advance 5-1 on aggregate on Tuesday.
“I really think they are the best team in the world at the moment,” Klopp said of City. “But I knew we could beat them. That doesn’t make us the better team, but it’s football. It’s the cool thing in the game, that it’s still possible.”
City gave it everything, but was left in a precarious position because of the 3-0 loss in the first leg at Anfield and, crucially, its lack of an away goal.
Gabriel Jesus’ goal raised belief inside Etihad Stadium that City could do what only two teams had done before tonight and overturn at least a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage.
City hit the post through Bernardo Silva, and had a goal by Leroy Sane incorrectly disallowed for offside in the last minutes of the first half.