Man City 2 Liverpool 3: Mane double and Steffen howler send Reds into FA Cup final and keep quadruple hopes alive

Man City 2 Liverpool 3: Mane double and Steffen howler send Reds into FA Cup final and keep quadruple hopes alive

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH APRIL,2022-SADIO MANE left Manchester City’s treble hopes for dead as Liverpool breathed life into their charge for the quadruple.

The Reds winger’s first-half double was enough to see Jurgen Klopp’s side book their place in the FA Cup final.

Konate gave Liverpool an early lead over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final

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Konate gave Liverpool an early lead over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finalCredit: Getty
Steffen gifted Liverpool a second goal inside the opening 20 minutes

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Steffen gifted Liverpool a second goal inside the opening 20 minutesCredit: PA
Mane netted his second before half-time as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead

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Mane netted his second before half-time as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 leadCredit: Alamy
Grealish pulled one back less than two minutes into the second half

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Grealish pulled one back less than two minutes into the second halfCredit: Getty

Man City keeper Zak Steffen’s blunder gifted Mane Liverpool’s second after Ibrahima Konate’s early opener.

And the Senegal star had Liverpool fans dreaming about becoming the first English club to complete the quad after his second completed a first-half rout.

City fought back with goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva but it was too little too late from Pep Guardiola’s side.

And with the League Cup already claimed, a Champions League semi-final booked and now an FA Cup final to look forward to, a treble is definitely on.

But all four will depend on maintaining their Premier League charge in the remaining seven games to overturn City’s one-point advantage.

Still recovering from their scrap with Atletico Madrid in midweek, Guardiola called upon the cavalry with seven changes.

And with Liverpool having the opportunity to rest their stars in their own Champions League match, it was no surprise The Reds started on top.

Grealish had an effort blocked inside four minutes but that was as good as it got for City in the first-half.

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