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wembley thriller Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool made quadruple bid even tougher after Man City win

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested his side's thrilling 3-2 FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City at Wembley made their push for an unprecedented quadruple even more complicated.

England’s top two teams served up another epic encounter but, having drawn 2-2 in the Premier League just six days ago, Klopp’s side deservedly came out on top at Wembley.

It was not without a little help from City’s number two Zack Steffen, their designated cup goalkeeper, whose huge first-half error with the score at 1-0 contributed to the game getting away from them.

But that should not take away from the excellence of Liverpool who were as brilliant in the first half as they were passive in the opening 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Man of the match Sadio Mane scored twice to add to Ibrahima Konate’s opener as they raced into a 3-0 interval lead.

Goals from Jack Grealish, early in the second half, and Bernardo Silva, in added time, ensured Liverpool were never as comfortable as they wanted to be but, despite some concerted late City pressure, the seven-time winners booked a 15th final appearance.

While a jubilant Klopp toasted his side's latest win, he was quick to distance himself from talk of a trophy clean sweep as his side look to add the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup to the League Cup they won in February.

"The quadruple talk I can't believe it," declared Klopp. "This win means we have another game and then we have to play Aston Villa in a midweek, they have to move one game again.

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Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate scores their side's first goal of the gameduring the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate scores their side's first goal of the gameduring the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate scores their side's first goal of the gameduring the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

"I don't think we have a full free week before the last matchday - it's all difficult but who cares? We came here and we wanted to go through to the final. We knew about the problems but qualifying for this final makes the quadruple even more difficult - it's the only way to do it but it makes it more difficult as well so it's a strange situation.

"But we are over the moon, we beat the strongest football team in the world and that's a pretty special moment."

Klopp went on to suggest his side were worthy of their win, as he praised City's second half fightback.

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"Absolutely proud, incredible - I think the first half was one of the best we ever played," he added. "We did all the right stuff, we scored in the right moments, we played an incredible game in the first half, I really loved each second of it.

"The second half started with the goal for Man City and then it opens up - the quality of City is insane and you could see it was a much more open game.

"We respect the quality of City so much and it's so difficult to win against them. But because we have these boys in our dressing room we have a chance."

Guardiola admitted the strain of playing so many big games in recent weeks is getting to his side, as he set his sights on Premier League and Champions League success.

"Our momentum was there in the second half," he reflected. "We had the chances to equalise. It was a difficult fixture because we came from somewhere like only we know where we came from, with games we had and the last five or six days days away and people with the problems. The guys put in a lot of pride in the second half.

"It was not a question of tired. They were more tired in the first, football is not about the tiredness it is about what you do and how it works and how you play.

"We finally have one or two days off. We know we have seven games and the Champions League, we are going to try to push and see what happens."

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