LIVERPOOL got their dream start against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, after beating the visitors 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final ties on Thursday.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring after just 12 minutes in front of their home fans.
The roof came off Anfield again in the 20th minute as Liverpool doubled their lead.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who netted in the Reds’ home Premier League win over City earlier this year, rifled in an effort from the edge of the box.
Sadio Mane added a third on the half-hour mark with the only blight for Liverpool an injury scare for Salah.
The Egyptian left the field in the second term but it is not believed to be serious.
Liverpool were forced to apologise to City after bottles were thrown at their team bus as they arrived at Anfield.
Reds fans had organised a “coach welcome” for their Premier League rivals and their own team, lining a side street where the team buses were known to be arriving at the ground.
Fans let off red flares and sang their club’s songs before the City coach arrived and beer cans were thrown at the bus. At least one bottle was thrown and smashed on the side of the bus but did not break any of its windows.