Liverpool avoided a dramatic Manchester City comeback to book themselves a place in the 2022 FA Cup final with a 3-2 victory at Wembley Stadium.
The Red had raced into a stunning 3-0 lead at half-time with Ibrahima Konate continuing his rich vein of goalscoring form – having found the net home and away against Benfica – to get the party started in London.
Then, Liverpool doubled their advantage in truly bizarre circumstances when Sadio Mane essentially scored a tackle, nipping the ball out of Zack Steffen’s feet in his own six-yard box.
Man City 2-3 Liverpool
And by the time that the half-time whistle blew, Jurgen Klopp was truly purring because the 2020 Premier League champions strung together a delicious team move that Mane capped off with a stinging volley.
However, whatever Pep Guardiola told the Citizens in the dressing room during the 15-minute interval clearly worked a treat because the current English champions really flew out of the blocks.
In fact, they pulled themselves back into the game within minutes of the restart when Jack Grealish provided exactly the type of quick-fire goal that City needed to keep their treble hopes alive.
Liverpool survive late scare
But Liverpool managed to stop the bleeding in the immediate aftermath and it wasn’t until the dying embers of the game that City found the net for a second time.
This time, the strike came from Bernardo Silva with 88 minutes on the clock, setting up a nerve-jangling few moments in which Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling threatened to complete an epic comeback.
But in the end, it wasn’t to be with Liverpool profiting from their early quality to reach a first FA Cup final in a decade, keeping their hopes of a historic quadruple alive as they prepare to face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace.
Man City 2-3 Liverpool Match Reaction (Football Terrace)
Diaz turns on the style
And while things might have felt a little shaky late on, there’s no denying that the Merseyside giants made their opponents look distinctively average at times and none other than Luis Diaz played a key role in that.
Saturday’s victory means that Liverpool’s January signing is already eyeing up a second major final at the club, and boy did he look deserving of it when you consider just how majestically he played.
In fact, there were at least a couple of instances where Diaz frankly made the Premier League champions look like training cones, showing off his supreme ball control, dribbling and skill moves.
From mugging off Raheem Sterling along the touchline to looking as though he had superglue on his boots, be sure to check out the Colombian star having the time of his life at Wembley down below:
OH MY GOD LUIS DIAZ STOP THAT NOW pic.twitter.com/OgKYjeH388— “ (@LivehpooI) April 16, 2022
I love Luis Diaz pic.twitter.com/vT0jL0Vel5— MoLFC__ (@MoLFC5) April 16, 2022
He was just born to play for Liverpool, wasn’t he?
Liverpool dripping with quality
Lest we forget that Klopp has established a reputation for edging his new signings into the team very, very slowly, even in the case of world-class stars like Andrew Robertson and Fabinho.
However, despite that clearly having proven such a winning formula at Anfield, Diaz’s quality is such that he’s really throwing a cat amongst the pigeons when it comes to one of the sport’s finest front threes.
The fact that Klopp has Diaz, Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota at his finger tips really makes you wonder whether there’s a better attacking arsenal in the men’s game than Liverpool’s.
And when you consider that they might be sweeping their way to a historic quadruple, it’s only going to become tougher and tougher to argue otherwise.