Liverpool 3-0 Man City in UCL quarterfinal first leg

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Now who saw this coming?

Liverpool pummeled Manchester City for 45 minutes then held firm for 45 more as the Reds claimed a 3-0 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

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Mohamed Salah scored and had an assist but was subbed off with a leg injury. Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane also scored for Liverpool.

The second leg is Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium. Jordan Henderson picked up a late yellow card and will miss it via accumulation.

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Salah looked to be just offside in the build-up to his opener, which came 10 seconds after the initial ball and with Man City somehow losing track of the Egyptian genius.

It was 2-0 eight minutes later, as the 20th minute saw Oxlade-Chamberlain belt a shot past a flying Ederson.

And barely another 10 minutes had come off the clock when Mane rose to head home from a Salah cross.

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Salah was injured and left the match for Georginio Wijnaldum in the 53rd minute.

The 52nd minute saw Fernandinho spotting Leroy Sane at the back of the six, but the German sliced his shot wide of the frame.

City was in better form as Raheem Sterling replaced Ilkay Gundogan with more than a half hour to play.

But the visitors were just a shade off all afternoon, with even David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne taking sloppy touches in prime areas.

City had a goal but Sane was flagged for a razor-thin off side before Gabriel Jesus slid to tap home in the 84th minute.