An away goal would have changed the complexion of the match, especially given that Salah hobbled off injured and could yet be a doubt for next week's second leg at Etihad Stadium.
City lead Liverpool by 18 points in the Premier League, but their only league defeat this season came in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January, and they suffered an even worse fate on Wednesday to leave their hopes of winning the European Cup for a first time hanging by a thread.
'Being in an worldwide competition should not cause you problems so that you have to somehow find players.
"They still played some good stuff and dominated the ball but it definitely played a part in the first half". We go to Manchester City and they want to strike back.
"The charges of acts of damage and crowd disturbances relate to incidents involving the Manchester City team bus", a UEFA spokesperson told the media on Thursday.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain insisted it was the intimidating noise inside the ground which helped Liverpool land the blows on City. "I didn't expect that a club as prestigious as Liverpool would do these kind of things". "There are 90 minutes more, we are going to try". "It is a great result going into the next leg". Few teams could overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool but Guardiola's side is certainly one of them.
"I think we played really well", said the forward, who was substituted after 71 minutes. "We arrived with a huge personality", he said.
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"But if we defend as well as we can and if we can get something on the break that will be key".
'It should be something good (the game against Everton) and not cause problems.
"I don't feel we are already through. Here at Anfield, it is always complicated".
Yet the Irishman felt Guardiola's men looked overwhelmed in the hothouse atmosphere of Anfield.
And they may have to do so without leading goalscorer Mo Salah after the player was substituted with a groin strain.
Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain gave then that foundation to go on and win the game and I bet Liverpool can't believe their luck to be 3-0 up. "We all make mistakes", added the Irish 'keeper.
A miserable night for Sane, who was superbly handled by young Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, was completed when he was ruled offside as he broke down the left and crossed for Gabriel Jesus to put the ball in the net. Tomorrow we are going to convince ourselves.