London - Liverpool
defender Dejan Lovren revealed his half-time rant inspired the Reds as
they killed off Manchester City to reach the Champions League
Jurgen Klopp's side were in danger of blowing the lead against City
after falling 1-0 down at Eastlands on Tuesday while trying to protect a
3-0 first leg advantage.
But Lovren issued a stern warning to his team-mates at the interval,
telling them to be more aggressive, and the Croatian's blast settled
Second half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured a
2-1 win that sent Liverpool into the last four for the first time in 10
"To be honest I was shouting a bit at half-time. I told the lads to
wake up because it was not good enough and I said we were sitting too
deep," Lovren said.
"Of course Klopp said 'Yes you are sitting too deep because you are
not pushing up'. He wanted me and Virg (Virgil van Dijk) to be more
compact and push the team up, but it was quite difficult to push up when
City had the ball.
"It was all positive, there was nothing negative, but I needed to
remind the guys that we had 50 minutes to be in the semi-finals of the
Champions League and we needed to give more.
"The first 10-15 minutes wasn't good enough. When you see the second
half, again they had a couple of chances but nothing too serious."
Having seen off the Premier League leaders, Liverpool's task won't get any easier as they chase a sixth European Cup.
Roma are through to the semi-finals after staging an epic fightback
to eliminate Barcelona, while 12-time winners Real Madrid and Bayern
Munich are favourites to complete the line-up.
Lovren admits avoiding holders Real would be a major boost to Liverpool's hopes of reaching the final.
"From a personal point of view I don't want Real Madrid in the
semi-finals. They have a lot of experience in the Champions League, a
lot of records and over the past three seasons it is always them," he
"But whoever we get will find it difficult to come to Anfield and score some goals.
"People talked from the beginning about Manchester City being
favourites and they were favourites, but I think after this there should
be more respect for Liverpool."