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Liverpool keep a quadruple hope with the victory in the semi-final of the Cup




Liverpool ended Manchester City’s hopes of a treble with a 3-2 FA Cup semi-final win that kept their bid for an unprecedented treble on track.

England’s top two sides had another epic encounter but, after drawing 2-2 in the English Premier League just six days ago, Jurgen Klopp’s side deservedly prevailed at Wembley Saturday.

It was not without a little help from City number 2 Zack Steffen, their designated goalkeeper, whose huge first-half error contributed to the game slipping away from them.

Man of the match Sadio Mane scored twice to add to Ibrahima Konate’s opener as they took a 3-0 half-time lead.

Goals from Jack Grealish early in the second half and Bernardo Silva in added time meant Liverpool were never as comfortable as they wanted, but the seven-time winners have held firm to book a 15th final.

Both teams have made seven changes from their Champions League fixtures in midweek.

A minute’s silence to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, when 97 Liverpool fans were killed in an FA Cup semi-final, came to an abrupt and premature end when some City fans chose to chant through it and were greeted by a choir. boos from Reds fans.

City later apologised, but by the time they issued a statement their side were already down 2-0.

Klopp hailed Liverpool’s first-half performance as one of the best of his reign at Anfield.

“I’m absolutely proud. It’s amazing, I think the first half was one of the best we’ve ever played. We did everything right, I loved every second,” he told BBC Sport.

“The second half started with a Man City goal and then the game opened up. City’s quality is insane.

“It’s so difficult to win against them, but because we have my boys in the dressing room, we have a chance.”

Mane said Liverpool will challenge for the treble after reaching their first FA Cup final since 2012.

The Senegal striker told BBC Sport: “We will see. We will try to do our best. It’s a dream for sure and we will fight for it.

Mane’s first goal in the 17th minute came courtesy of a horror error from Steffen.

John Stones’ back pass to Steffen looked straightforward enough but, unlike Ederson’s first-choice last week, whose composure under pressure on his own goal line avoided a goal at the Etihad Stadium, the USA international was way too heavy.

His delay was so long that he allowed Mane to shut him down and place a tackle that forced the ball over the line.

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