Liverpool reached the FA Cup final when Sadio Mane’s double inspired a 3-2 victory over Manchester City, which kept alive their four-man bid and shattered the rivals’ triple hopes.
Jürgen Klopp’s team is looking for unprecedented cleanliness for four major cups in one season.
They continue on their way to that incredible goal after a stunning display of the first half of the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
Ibrahima Conte pushed Liverpool forward and Mane doubled their lead thanks to a blunder by City goalkeeper Zack Stephen.
Senegal striker Mane scored again before the break, although Jack Grilich and Bernardo Silva scored after the break, but City failed to complete a remarkable rebound.
Liverpool will play in the FA Cup final for the first time since 2012, on May 14, when they will meet Chelsea or Crystal Palace, who will meet in the semi-final on Sunday.
The Reds, who are in the FA Cup final for the 15th time, have not won the tournament since 2006, while Klopp has yet to take them to their domestic knockout cup.
With just one point behind Premier League leaders City, they have seven games left, Liverpool have already won the League Cup and have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will play Villarreal.
Despite Klopp’s complaints that the quartet is an impossible dream, this was a step towards football immortality.
For the physically and mentally tired City, it was a far cry, as Liverpool suffered their first defeat in 11 games.
Both matches of this season of the league ended in a 2-2 draw, including a heated clash at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
However, after being saved from the quarter-finals of the Champions League at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, beaten and broken City could not match the intensity of Liverpool, as they conceded the ball with unusual mistakes.
Pep Guardiola claimed that “City was exhausted” with no choice but to make changes when Keane De Bruyne was on the bench with Ederson, Ruben Diaz and Rodrigo and Kyle Walker was ruled out with an injury.
In contrast, Klopp recalled Mane, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold after their key players rested in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final win over Benfica on Wednesday.
Guardiola will believe that his choice was the right step if “City” can beat “Liverpool” in the championship race to reach the second consecutive final of the Champions League.
– Relentless reds –
It was a bad day for City from start to finish, with their fans apologizing after their fans forced referee Michael Oliver to cancel a pre-match tribute to 97 Liverpool fans who died in Hillsborough 33 years ago, chanting a minute of silence.
“Liverpool” took revenge on the field, invading “City”, taking the lead in the 9th minute.
Conate scored a header in two Champions League quarter-final games against Benfica, but City surprisingly decided not to pay much attention to the French defender.
Andrew Robertson’s corner kick turned into City’s six-yard box, where Conate climbed over Nathan Ake, hitting Stephen on the head.
“Liverpool” tormented “City” with pace and movement, leaving the opponents so shocked that they packed the second goal with gifts in the 17th minute.
Ake’s return should have been easy for Stefan, but it took the American a long time to decide whether to pass or not, allowing Mane to slip in and deflect the ball towards the net almost from the goal line.
Liverpool scored again during the break by putting relentless pressure.
Thiago Alcantara skillfully passed to Mane as he passed the edge of the area past the slow-moving Stephen.
“City” pushed back one in the 47th minute, when Gabriel Jesus turned from Fabinho բեր brought Grailish to the field, who shot from 10 yards home.
Suddenly threatening with an astonishing response, City were rejected by Allison’s two great saves from Jesus.
Silva eventually crossed the Riyad Mahrez cross, but the final whistle caused a wall of sound from Liverpool fans dreaming of a fourfold glory.
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