Tuesday 24 April 2018

'It's Anfield. It turns you into a different animal' - Damien Duff hails ferocious atmosphere as Liverpool run riot

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Damien Duff has said that Man City underestimated the 'Anfield factor' as Pep Guardiola's men were torn apart by Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Jurgen Klopp's side raced into a 3-0 lead after just 30 minutes, which they held until the final whistle to take a commanding advantage into next week's second leg.

Goals from Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane did the damage but speaking on RTÉ after the game, Duff said that City looked like they thought they were in for an easy night at one of Europe's most iconic stadiums.

"It just looked like tonight they just expected to roll into town - and I know there was stuff with the bus and we don't know what effect that had on them - and not do the dirty stuff and play them off the pitch," Duff said.

"But it's Anfield. Liam [Brady] has played there in big games, it turns you into a different animal. They couldn't match that.

"Were they flat because of the bus or because Liverpool were on another level they reach on European nights? I'm not so sure.

"You can't just turn up and expect to win, especially at Anfield. That Anfield factor, you cannot underestimate it."

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