Reds, Barca eye last four of the Champions League

Liverpool and Barcelona are eyeing the last four of the Champions League after big wins in the first leg of their quarter-final ties.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool got their 3-0 win off to a dream start against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, with Mohamed Salah opening the scoring after just 12 minutes.

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.

Barcelona put one foot in the semi-finals with a 4-1 victory over Roma at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish side went ahead in the 39th minute when Daniele De Rossi turned Andres Iniesta’s pass into his own net.

Barca moved further ahead with two strikes in as many minutes early in the second half, Gerard Pique netting from close range after Kostas Manolas’ own goal. Roma grabbed a lifeline in the 80th minute as Edin Dzeko produced a tidy finish, but Luis Suarez netted his first Champions League goal of the season shortly afterwards.