When Liverpool are good, they are very, very good. And at Anfield on Wednesday night, the Reds producing an outstanding first-half display to leave Manchester City shell-shocked, with their hopes of Champions League glory now hanging by a thread.
Pep Guardiola switched formations for the clash, bringing Aymeric Laporte into a back three, starting Ilkay Gündogan beside Fernandino in midfield and dropping Raheem Sterling to the bench.
However, from the off, the Citizens simply couldn’t cope with Liverpool’s trademark fast and furious football.
It only took 12 minutes for the first goal to come, with Mohamed Salah scoring his 38th goal of the season after some awkward defensive play from Kyle Walker.
The goal fuelled an already electric Anfield atmosphere, and on 20 minutes, the hosts doubled their lead, with the rejuvenated Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thumping home an absolute beaut from outside the box.
Just after the half-hour mark, Liverpool killed off the game, with Sadio Mané heading home from a Salah cross.
The half-time whistle came as sweet relief for the visitors, and after the break they finally started to keep hold of the ball.
The Reds suffered a blow early on in the second period, with star-man Salah forced off with a groin injury.
However, City, despite the introduction of Sterling, failed to turn their increased possession into a goal threat, with Gabriel Jesus anonymous throughout.
Indeed, the game would end with City failed to direct a single shot on target in a game for the first time since October 2016.
0 – Manchester City failed to direct a single shot on target in a game for the first time since 26th October 2016 (v Man Utd in the League Cup). Blunt.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 4, 2018
Klopp and co. now find themselves firmly in the driving seat ahead of the return leg at the Etihad, with a semi-final berth within touching distance.
As for Guardiola, he’ll no doubt analyse in detail just how he got it so wrong, with a Premier League and Champions League double now looking extremely unlikely this season.