Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says he found himself shouting at his team-mates including African duo Mohamed Salah f Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal to "wake up" as they trailed Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
Liverpool responded by coming from behind to win at Manchester City and secure an emphatic 5-1 aggregate win.
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Lovren who hopes to avoid Real Madrid in the last four says it fell to him to remind his team-mates at half-time there was a semi-final place at stake.
"To be honest I was shouting a bit at half-time. I told the lads to wake up because it was not good enough and I said we were sitting too deep.
"I needed to remind the guys that we had 50 minutes to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League and we needed to give more.
" Lovren said as quoted by BBC Sports
Liverpool will know the identity of their Champions League semi-final opponents hours before they kick-off their Premier League fixture against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.