Jurgen Klopp and his boys shocked the world once again, after defeating Bayern Munich in Germany, 1-3.
A vast majority of soccer public didn’t give too many chances to Liverpool’s advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Their trip to Munich was predicted to be unsuccessful, and painful, but somehow the Reds beat all the numbers and did what they know the best.
“We’ve laid down a marker tonight that LFC is back on the top level of European football,” said Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp after the game.
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His players did an outstanding job in stopping one of the most dominant and efficient clubs in the world. But not only that. The guests did it at Allianz Arena, where Bayern often scored three, four or more goals.
The Germans came into this contest with high hopes, especially after the first leg at Anfield, which ended without goals.
Back then, it was presented as a victory, because Liverpool’s lethal attack couldn’t do anything to harm Neuer.
But tonight, that offense shined, showing the best they have.
The guy who was particularly in the mood was Sadio Mane. The Senegalese international netted a brace and opened the door for his team to enter the quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
After 26 minutes of play, Mane scored one very nice goal. He and Neuer rushed towards the ball, but the striker happened to be faster. The Senegalese then deceived the goalkeeper and sent a fabulous shot into Bayern’s net.
Still, the Bavarians came back, after Joel Matip’s own goal. Gnabry wanted to make a pass to Lewandowski, who was at the far spot of Alisson’s goal. Matip’s intention was to kick the ball in a totally different direction, but instead, it ended in his goal. That was the 39th minute of the event.
After coming back from the locker room, all the spectators expected to see one fierce and strong game, in which the home team has to attack and be aggressive.
Bayern needed that one goal to gain the edge over the rival, but the situation didn’t develop as they wanted.
In the 68th minute, Van Dijk scored another goal this season after a set piece. The big centre-back jumped very high and smashed a header behind Neuer to bring a massive lead for the guests.
This guy [Van Dijk] got another goal,” said James Millner after the match. “To be honest, he should get more given his height!”
Each time Liverpool had some set piece which was near the box, Van Dijk went ahead, presenting a constant threat for Bayern’s defense.
Some four minutes before the end of the regulations, Mane scored his second of the day. Mohamed Salah curved the ball right onto his head, setting up a perfect situation for him to execute, without anyone to bother the scorer.
It was all over at Allianz Arena, and while Bayern’s players fell on the ground, Liverpool’s went on celebrating with their fans.
This win comes in the best possible moment for Klopp and his crew, who had a lot of ups and downs over the recent few weeks, especially on the road.
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No doubt, this will be a huge morale boost, and we’ll see how things move from here.
As for the German coach he once again left Allianz Arena with a win in his pocket, like so many times during his stint in Borussia.
Klopp is known as someone who doesn’t have positive emotions towards Bayern, and a guy who openly stood up towards their organization.
But according to his words, a victory tonight isn’t anything special because of that fact, but because of the way his team played. He also added that his previous successes should be separated from the current ones.
“It doesn’t feel sweeter because it’s Bayern. It doesn’t make up for previous defeats [with BVB] I want to win for Liverpool, not to beat Bayern. Let’s just enjoy that.”
The draw for the next phase is this Friday, and along with Liverpool and Barcelona, who demolished Lyon today, 5-1 we have six more clubs. They are Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Ajax, Porto and Juventus.
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