Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool FC: In the beginning we struggled a bit, says Salah.

Manchester City bows out of the Champions League after suffering a back to back defeat to Liverpool in the European competition.

Following the 3-0 defeat at Anfield a week ago, in the return leg desperate Manchester City was so quick to score the first goal through Gabriel Jesus just 116 seconds after the kickoff.

Gabriel Jesus with urgency scored opener at the second minute of the first half

But goals from Muhammad Salah and Roberto Firmino at the 56th and 77th minutes respectively completed the job for Jürgen Klopp and endorsed Liverpool to qualify for the champion’s league semifinals for the first time in a decade.

Manchester city showed great spirit and determination to overturn the 3-0 round one defeat and it was evident in the first 45 minutes at Etihad stadium as Liverpool was out possessed and registered only one shot on target as opposed to Manchester City’s several, Mo Salah accepts it being a struggle.

Salah agrees they struggled in the first half

Bernado Silva was denied by the metal whereas Leroy Sane’s goal was cancelled by Pep Guardiola’s disliked referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz for what he deemed as off side.

Lahoz awarded a penalty for Monaco which Radamel Falcao missed in the last 16 and failed to award Sergio Aguero a penalty in the same game.

Annulling Sane’s goal in the quarter finals round two couldn’t be swallowed by Pep Guardiola and his reaction paid him by a ban from the touchline.

Manchester City has endured unpleasant results in the last seven days. They had just lost to Manchester United in the domestic competition three days ago and the defeat to Liverpool today means the Reds qualify to the next stage of the CL on 5-1 aggregate.

Liverpool players celebrate

As Manchester City exits and seeks for joy in their in evitable Premier League trophy, Liverpool awaits the news of their semi-finals opponents on Friday at [12:00 BST].