Liverpool avoided a dramatic return to Manchester City to secure a place in the 2022 FA Cup final with a 3-2 victory at Wembley Stadium.
The Reds had taken a stunning 3-0 half-time lead with Ibrahima Konaté continuing his rich vein of goalscoring form – having found the net home and away against Benfica – to get the party started in London .
Then Liverpool doubled their advantage in truly bizarre circumstances when Sadio Mane essentially scored a tackle, snatching the ball from Zack Steffen’s feet in his own six-yard box.
Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool
And by the time the half-time whistle sounded, Jurgen Klopp was really purring because the 2020 Premier League champions chained a delightful team move which Mane capped off with a searing volley.
However, everything Pep Guardiola said to the Citizens in the dressing room during the 15-minute interval clearly worked as the current English champions have really flown.
In fact, they got back into the game minutes after the restart when Jack Grealish provided exactly the kind of quick goal City needed to keep their hopes alive.
Liverpool survive late scare
But Liverpool managed to stop the bleeding in the process and it was only on the dying embers of the match that City found the net for the second time.
This time the strike came from Bernardo Silva with 88 minutes on the clock, creating some nervous moments in which Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling threatened to complete an epic comeback.
But in the end it wasn’t with Liverpool enjoying their prime quality to reach a first FA Cup final in a decade, keeping their hopes of a historic treble alive as they prepare to face Chelsea or Crystal Palace.
Man City 2-3 Liverpool Match Reaction (Terrace Soccer)
Diaz lights up the style
And while things may have looked a bit shaky late on, there’s no denying that the Merseyside giants at times gave their opponents a typically average appearance and none other than Luis Diaz played a key role in that regard.
Saturday’s win means signing Liverpool in January is already eyeing a second major final at the club, and he looked like he deserved it when you consider how majestically he played.
In fact, there have been at least a few instances where Diaz has frankly made the Premier League champions look like practice cones, showing off his supreme ball control, dribbling and skillful movement.
Whether it’s mugging Raheem Sterling along the sideline or looking like he has superglue on his boots, be sure to see the Colombian star having the best time of his life at Wembley below:
OH MY GOD LUIS DIAZ STOP IT NOW pic.twitter.com/OgKYjeH388
– “ (@LivehpooI) April 16, 2022
I love Luis Diaz pic.twitter.com/vT0jL0Vel5
— MoLFC__ (@MoLFC5) April 16, 2022
He was just born to play for Liverpool, right?
Liverpool dripping in quality
Let’s not forget that Klopp has earned a reputation for bringing his new signings into the team very, very slowly, even in the case of world-class stars like Andrew Robertson and Fabinho.
However, despite clearly proving such a winning formula at Anfield, Diaz’s quality is such that he really throws a spade among the pigeons when it comes to one of the best front threes in the sport.
The fact that Klopp has Diaz, Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota at his fingertips really makes you wonder if there is a better attacking arsenal in the men’s game than Liverpool’s.
And when you consider that they could be heading for a historic quadruple, it’s only going to get harder and harder to argue otherwise.
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