"We don't have to talk about what Messi and Ronaldo have done for world football and their dominance, but right now, he is the best," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after 5-0 victory at Watford.
"If you want to go to the semi-final, you have to earn the right to do so. We didn't do that tonight, especially in the first half," Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said after the team's Champions League quarter-final match.
Aston Villa were forced to field academy players due to a mass Covid-19 outbreak among their ranks, with Under-23 coach Mark Delaney taking charge of the game instead of first-team manager Dean Smith.
Mo Salah told Spanish newspaper AS in an interview this month that he admired Real Madrid and Barcelona, fuelling talk in the British media that he was looking to move on.
Sadio Mane's double earned Liverpool what turned out to be a routine victory after Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was red-carded for pulling down Mane just before halftime.
Klopp guided the Merseyside club to their first top-flight title in 30 years.
For Liverpool, a season of utter dominance has suddenly hit a slump with three defeats in four games in all competitions having also lost to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League, last-16 tie.
Liverpool have 49 points with Leicester on 39, Manchester City 32, Chelsea 29 and Sheffield United 25.
Arsenal move into fourth spot as they twice came from a goal down with 10 men to beat Aston Villa 3-2 while Manchester United suffer a dismal 2-0 defeat at high-flying West Ham United who finished the weekend fifth.
Stand-in goalkeeper Adrian was the hero as it was his save from Tammy Abraham allowed Liverpool to beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties.
An early goal from Mohamed Salah and a late one from Divock Origi gave Liverpool a win over Tottenham Hotspur in all-English Champions League final
After the last-16 first leg ended goalless at Anfield, five-times European champions Liverpool took control in Munich, bossing the game to become the fourth English team into the last eight
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