Henderson, Liverpool beat Man City via “the hard yards”

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Time and time again, Manchester City made in-roads into the Liverpool back line.

The Reds, of course, boasted a 3-0 halftime lead in the first leg of the two sides’ UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, but an away goal would’ve changed the vibe from party to anxiety association.

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And as City continually worked the ball to Leroy Sane on the left wing or Kevin De Bruyne just right of the center, the Reds closed down any avenues toward Loris Karius‘ goal.

When City had the ball in its own half, or missed a touch in the middle of the park, there was a swarm of red shirts. It got to a point that on the rare occasion City had the ball in a dangerous area, the blue shirts were jumpy and off their game. From the BBC:

“We knew the atmosphere would be brilliant and it was, and we made the most of that. Second half they came at us more, we dropped deep at times.

“Our game is about working together as a team and we did that brilliantly. We all chipped in with the hard yards. It’s only the first leg. I didn’t make many fouls in the game so it’s disappointing to miss out next week.”