Jurgen Klopp's reaction to Liverpool's FA Cup win at Forest as semi-final draw is made
Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Liverpool\s Championship rivals after a tense tie at the City Ground.
Liverpool booked a Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City as Diogo Jota’s 78th-minute goal saw off Nottingham Forest 1-0, with their manager Jurgen Klopp full of praise for their Championship rivals after a tense tie at the City Ground.
The match hinged on a three-minute spell preceding Jota’s close-range strike as Philip Zinckernagel should have set up the biggest shock yet only to shoot wide with just goalkeeper Alisson Becker to beat.
Not many sides get a second chance like that and so it proved as Jota, having scored the crucial first goal in midweek against Arsenal to increase the pressure on Premier League leaders City, struck again.
"That was a proper cup match. Massive compliment for Steve Cooper and his team," said Klopp of Forest and their manager.
"We should have played better but they made it really difficult. They had moments but then we went 1-0 up. We came though and I'm really happy."
Jota admitted he feared his winner would be ruled out for off-side, as he looked forward to a semi-final clash with Manchester City.
"It was obviously a tough game," said the Portuguese forward. "They are a great team and play with lots of intensity and they gave us proper fight."
"They had one big, big chance. They gave us a proper challenge and their fans were outstanding. But we are in semi-finals against Manchester City. It will be another tough once, but there are still a lot of games before then."
In Sunday's other FA Cup ties, Crystal Palace put Everton to the sword with a 4-0 thrashing to book their spot at Wembley and help Marc Guehi end the perfect week on another high note.
The centre-back shut out Pep Guardiola’s City on Monday, earned a maiden England call-up three days later and broke the deadlock in the 25th-minute on Sunday with a deft header to set Patrick Vieira’s side on course for a convincing victory.
Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled the Eagles’ lead before half-time and the hosts never looked back with Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes able to wrap up the result with further late efforts.
Phil Foden’s stunning strike capped off a dominant Manchester City performance as they booked their place in semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s.
Guardiola’s side had failed to win either Premier League game against the Saints this season, but their emphatic victory kept them on course for a treble.
Raheem Sterling had handed the league leaders an early advantage, tapping home in the 12th minute, but it was cancelled out by Aymeric Laporte’s own goal just before half-time.
The hosts fought hard with the scores level, but were deflated when Kevin De Bruyne’s 62nd-minute penalty restored City’s lead.
City’s performance was capped off by a well-struck left-footed shot from the edge of the box from Foden in the 75th minute, with Riyad Mahrez also putting his name on the scoresheet three minutes later.
The draw took place before the Forest-Liverpool tie and pitted the winners of that game against City, and Chelsea against Palace, with the last-four clashes to be played at Wembley over the weekend of April 16-17.
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