Before a game at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea, then-manager of the London team Avram Grant drew the opposing team on the tactics board. As the number nine for The Reds, he wrote the name 'Anfield' which was met with the confused statement, "But Gaffer, there is not a player with that name."
"Ah, no," Grant replied, "It's just that I've heard you all talking so much about Anfield and I thought he was the goalscorer who won their matches for them."
And between the giggles he was trying to say that if Anfield wasn't the star then it shouldn't be given importance. But Avram used it, because it was.
On Wednesday evening, we saw it. The first half hour in the legendary stadium was electric, as was the half hour before the whistle for kick-off. The game was being played throughout the whole stadium. City, who weren't able to muster an attempt on target, didn't give it credit and showed almost nothing of what we have witnessed this year from them. The battle between he who looks to order the chaos (Guardiola) and he who spreads the chaos (Klopp) was being won by the latter.
But it was a strange thing. Without creating chances there was a sensation that City could get themselves back to 3-3 at any moment. And that was at three goals down. It was as if the match had a secret door to another world. Only it was never opened. The fact is that both teams understand football (life) in the same way (from courage)...and in the return leg anything is possible.