• We are back on the international landscape as a club• Jordan Henderson could miss Fulham game with ankle injury
Liverpool confirmed there will be four English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2009 with a comfortable and clinical defeat of the German champions and Bundesliga leaders. Sadio Mané scored twice in a superb individual display while the equally impressive Virgil van Dijk also scored in Liverpools first European away win of the season, and arguably their finest under Klopp. The manager said victory at one of European footballs powerhouses, following on from last seasons appearance in the Champions League final, confirmed Liverpools place among the elite in the game.
Read more Scoring three goals here is massive and a big step for us, a big, big step, the former Borussia Dortmund manager said. We will see what we can do with it but it is a fantastic sign. We set a mark for LFC tonight that we are back on the international landscape as a football club. I am really happy about the result and the fact that we are through. I knew we had a chance but I didnt expect it would happen, but the boys made it happen and it was really brilliant.
This is important for where we want to get to. There are some places in world football that whatever team comes here – Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona – they wouldnt expect to win it. They know its a tough place to come. This club always has outstandingly strong football teams but we kept them away from our goal as well as possible. There were not too many difficult situations in and around our box and that is a massive sign.
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It is not about playing free-flowing football because that is not possible against a side of this quality, you have to find different ways and we found them. That makes me really proud and happy because I think this club deserves recognition and awareness again. We are back – thats good, we have a lot to learn but we are back. We are back. There is no doubt we are back again.
Read more Liverpool suffered an early setback when the captain, Jordan Henderson, limped off with an ankle injury that is set to rule him out of the Premier League trip to Fulham on Sunday. Andy Robertson also picked up a booking in stoppage time that means he will miss the first leg of the quarter-finals but they were the only blemishes on an otherwise impeccable night for Klopps team.
German football has endured a chastening month but, if there was ever to be a year in which no Bundesliga team qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League, then this was quite logically going to be it. The effects of this “Dexit” wont be as permanent.
He said: I see it like all the boys see it in dressing room and everybody who sees it with us, it is a big night. The only shadow is Hendo twisting his ankle, but it is Hendo so hopefully not too serious. It is always a bad sign when you have to change early, you dont want that in the middle of the park. We wanted fresh legs, not to rest Fabinho but to bring in fresh legs. We wanted to play more football than we did in first half, and we changed and did that in the second half much better.
In the first half we scored an outstanding goal – wow – and by half-time time everybody knew it would not be easy for Munich, and that is important information for the opponent after they were happy with a 0-0 at Anfield. You have to try and impress the other team and we did that. I was really happy with how strong the second half was, how mature it was, how much football we played. Bayern has so much quality, unbelievable, and we impressed them and thats a massive thing.
Klopp insisted he took no extra satisfaction from Liverpools victory in eliminating his former Bundesliga rivals from the Champions League. I am not like this. Its not sweeter for me because its Bayern. It doesnt bring back better results from the time when we lost. I wanted to win for Liverpool, not to beat Bayern. Its just a good moment for Liverpool and lets enjoy that.
But money talks. And five years on, Premier League money has opened its ugly mouth wider than ever, hoovering up Germanys top talents, three of whom played a direct role in dumping their compatriots out of the Champions League over the last month.
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Sadio Mane scored twice in a 3-1 win for the Reds at the Allianz Arena having gone into the last 16 second leg as underdogs, such was the impressive feat Bayern had originally achieved by keeping them out in the initial Anfield stalemate.
Sporting newspaper Bild went with the headline “Oh no, Neuer!” after the goalkeepers shocker for Manes opener, rushing out and becoming dumbfounded by the wingers audacity of turning towards goal and shooting.
They defined Bayerns performance as “without courage, without ideas and without pace” while an opinion piece by journalist Matthias Brügelmann accepted that the club “need a radical change”.
Much of the coverage has focused on German footballs problems as a whole, with none of their teams reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in 13 years. Brügelmann states: “The fact is: German football is second-rate internationally.”
The inquest will begin immediately, the triple setback — quadruple if you include Hoffenheims two defeats to Manchester City in the group stage — calling into question the fundamental principals of German football.
Over at Die Welt, the prognosis is similar, with their writer noting that: “The English clubs prove this season that they are far ahead.” They acknowledge that Munich deserved to go out, putting them no longer among “the absolute elite of Europe”, now requiring the “need to change fundamentally”.
Bayern have dominated the Bundesliga over the years and once again top the table this season, albeit by goal difference after an average start, but their hopes of succeeding in Europe rely on a big refresh of the playing squad. Süddeutsche Zeitung note “the big cycle of Bayern is over” after they played “without conviction, without courage”.
Perhaps most cuttingly of all, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called the club “just a mock giant”. In defeat, “the big Bayern balloon burst, and there was only hot air”. Ouch.
In Munich on Wednesday night, Jürgen Klopp and his players showed they have matured from the all-out-attacking side which blasted their way to last seasons final into a team which won a tactical battle with Bayern over 180 minutes.
They summarise the game with an anecdote about Oliver Bierhoff, the legendary former striker who now serves as general manager of the German national team. At the start of the game he was pictured in the stands with a Bayern scarf wrapped around his neck. By the time Liverpool were 3-1 ahead, he had binned it off.
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