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Klopp proud after beating ‘best team in the world’ Man City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discussed his side’s FA Cup win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Wembley Stadium

Kieran Quaile
Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool smiles during the FA Cup Semi-Final between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 16th April 2022. (Photo by Federico Maranesi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp gave his thoughts on his side’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Anfield outfit beat City 3-2 to book their place in the FA Cup final.

Klopp’s side led 3-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Ibrahima Konate header and Sadio Mane’s brace. Jack Grealish scored early in the second half, but Bernardo Silva’s late goal was too little too late for Pep Gardiola’s side. A delighted Klopp revealed his pride at full-time.

“Oh absolutely proud, it’s incredible. I think the first half was one of the best we’ve ever played,” Klopp told BBC Sport.

“We did all the right stuff, scored at the right moments, we played an incredible game in the first half, I have to say. I loved every second of it.

“The second half started with the City goal and then it opens up. The quality of City is insane and you could see it was a much more open game.

“We had our situations. [TV pundit] Micah Richards said it was all City situations, but we had our counter-attacks and we could have closed the game there, but we respect the quality of City so much.

“It’s so difficult to win against them, but because of these boys in my dressing room, we have a chance. It’s enough for me to give it a try.”

Klopp: City the best team in the world

Liverpool’s win on Saturday keeps them in the hunt for the quadruple. They have advanced to the Champions League semi-finals and are in a Premier League title race with City as well as being EFL Cup champions.

When asked about a potential quadruple, the German coach admitted that it will set his side up for a hectic end of season schedule.

“Quadruple talk… I can’t believe it. With this game now, I’m not sure we have another full week before the last matchday, so it’s all difficult,” he added.

“But who cares, we came here wanting to go to the final, we knew about the problems, but the quadruple – qualifying for this kind of final makes it even more difficult.

“It’s the only way to do it but makes it more difficult too, so it’s a strange situation. But all good, we are over the moon. We beat the best team in the world and that’s a pretty special moment.”

Crystal Palace and Chelsea meet at Wembley tomorrow for a place in the final with Liverpool.