Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool almost letting three-goal lead slipped at Wembley


Liverpool reached the FA Cup final for the first time under Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool manager has branded Saturday thrilling semi-final victory over Manchester City as one of the greatest performances of his tenure at the club.

Liverpool led City 3-0 at half-time thanks to Sadio Mane's double and Ibrahima Konate's headed opener, but the quickly broke free form that deficit after the break with Jack Grealish's goal before Bernardo Silva's 90+1 minute strike set up a tense finale in a five-minute added time.

"I think it was [one of our best performances]," Klopp said. "That was the feeling I had when I saw the first half because of the quality of the opponent.

"We did all the right stuff, we scored in the right moments; we played an incredible game in the first half, I have to say. I loved each second of it.

"To deny them in so many moments is so difficult, as is creating your own opportunities against them. The first half was outstanding in pretty much all parts of the game. The second half they scored an early goal, like we did [at the Etihad], and then the game opened up.

"No footballer on the planet is safe against City with a 3-1 lead, it is always clear what they can do. We needed Alisson, what a game he had, but we had our moments as well, and could have decided the game earlier. We didn't do it, but that made the game even more special, 3-2 was a fair result and it was good enough to bring us to the final."

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