"I was polite, I was correct, but Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special. It's a penalty for Raheem Sterling from Andy Robertson in front of the fourth official". It was a while ago Liverpool was in the semis and I was in the semis and now we are there together."Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the "perfect" performance and the hosts got the ideal start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds". The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside.
And that's after City were also on the wrong end of some close decisions in the first leg at Anfield, when Mohamed Salah appeared to be marginally offside for the opening goal while a late Gabriel goal was ruled out when he appeared to be onside. I didn't insult him, I just said it's a goal, the ball came from Milner. I would say we didn't have any luck with injuries again and City didn't have injuries all season.
But, with Sane's goal scrubbed, a single goal was a meager return for City's relentless and energetic attacks in the first half.
"I know what happened in Monaco last season so he is a referee whenever people see the things, he will see the opposite. They have a lot of experience in the Champions League, a lot of records and over the past three seasons it is always them", he said.
Of guiding Liverpool to the semi-finals for the first time since 2008 Jürgen Klopp said: "It will be hard, 200 per cent".
The Merseysiders progressed to the semi-finals for the first time in ten years after they sealed a 2-1 (5-1 agg.) victory at the Etihad.
In a week, Liverpool and United have smashed City's glass jaw that went largely undiscovered by their Premier League competition for the previous 10 months.
"We created chances", Guardiola said, "but of course it's not easy because they had 10 players behind".
"It literally is the way I thought the game would pan out".