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Liverpool can be proud of fighting spirit, says Mohamed Salah

What a night: James Milner (front) with Danny Ward
What a night: James Milner (front) with Danny Ward

By David Thomson

Mohamed Salah admitted he was proud of how Liverpool fought back after "struggling" at the beginning against Manchester City.

Liverpool reached the semi-finals of the Champions League after recovering from conceding a goal inside two minutes against City to win 2-1. Gabriel Jesus' early goal raised belief inside the Etihad Stadium that the comeback was on, with Liverpool having won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield last week.

But Salah ended those dreams in the second-half when he deftly chipped in the equaliser in the 56th minute. Roberto Firmino rounded off the scoring in the 77th minute.

"They were pressing high and had lots of chances, so at the beginning we struggled," Salah admitted. "But we came back and fought hard to get the result.

"We play as a team and everyone gives 100%. We are happy with the result.

"I've said many times I play for the team and I try to score to help them win the game - that's the most important thing for me."

Thrilled Liverpool midfielder James Milner said: "They're a good team and they were always going to put us under pressure.

"They had chances but that shows a lot about how we came out in the second half. Maybe it woke us up to concede that early.

"Everyone knows how good Manchester City are so to beat them is a good confidence builder but we have to be better in the next round.

"We got about them a bit more in the second half, kept the ball slightly better, were more composed - that's the key, it's what you have to do against these sorts of teams."

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