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Milner takes reigns of Liverpool midfield and steers to victory

Milner takes reigns of Liverpool midfield and steers to victory

MANCHESTER CITY crashed out of the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool tonight saw them lose 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals - here are our player ratings for City.

The man who axed Raheem Sterling, who was on a hot streak, from the City starting XI cuffed 3-0 by Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg of their last-eight tie.

That obsession was supposed to deliver the culmination of City's £2 billion (S$3.7b) outlay and is almost a decade in the making.

Come May 26, in Kiev, he may at last be able to down a beer or three should Liverpool fulfil his personal ambition and restore the term European giants to their name. Jurgen Klopp admits the clock is ticking on his target of winning a trophy within the first four years of his Liverpool tenure but after eliminating Manchester City he says he dare not dream that it will be the Champions League.

However, the laidback side of Klopp - he admits he finds time to be a bookworm - is reflected in how he felt he would have preferred to have watched the match.

According to the Daily Mirror, he is set to pen a one-year extension before the end of the current season.

Alternatively, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could offer even better value at 8/1 (9.00) after also scoring in each of the last two games between these sides. "This is part of football, sometimes these things happen".

Manager Ernesto Valverde was extremely anxious to guard against taking anything for granted, repeatedly stating in increasingly vexed tones during Monday's pre-match press conference that his team still faced a tough task to get the result they needed for a semi-final berth. Or Alan Pardew, who somehow managed to make a grim situation at West Brom even worse.

"It literally is the way I thought the game would pan out". The Premier League is hard to hack. United cannot be happy with second, Mourinho says so, and improved as Liverpool and Tottenham are they know they have to be pushing for leadership rather than merely settling for finishing above Chelsea and Arsenal.

Guardiola's obsession with the finer details has worsened.

Prioritising the Premier League, attempting to palm off a Champions League exit as just one of those things, does not wash.