Liverpool survive Manchester City scare to reach FA Cup final after Mané double

In the final analysis, it was impossible not to zero in on the moment when Zack Steffen wished he could be anywhere but here and Liverpool had a vice-like grip on this FA

Pep Guardiola had wanted to show his faith in the domestic cup goalkeeper but it all went wrong for the USA No 1 and Manchester City in the 17th minute.

It was a strange day for City, the tone set by the seven changes Guardiola made from the 0-0 draw at Atlético Madrid last Wednesday that secured progress to the Champions League semi-finals

But they showed their champion courage in the second half, pulling a goal back straight away through Jack Grealish and going close to 3-2 on 71 minutes

The comeback never really felt on, as Liverpool continued to threaten at the other end but then

in what felt like the blink of an eye or, more precisely, a flick of the Riyad Mahrez afterburners,

Mahrez tore on to a ball up the inside-right at the beginning of injury time, outstripping Andy Robertson, before crossing and watching it flick off Alisson for Bernardo Silva to tuck home.

City had the chances during the additional four minutes to have forced extra time. Fernandinho blasted high after a long throw-in had been worked to him,

Mahrez saw a shot flick off the substitute Diogo Jota and fly over and Raheem Sterling dragged low at Alisson.