Milner hails 'on fire' Mane as Liverpool march on in Europe

Arnold Nichols
March 17, 2019

Niko Kovac has congratulated Liverpool for beating Bayern Munich 3-1 on Wednesday night and explained how Jurgen Klopp's side "exposed" his outfit's limitations.

"We have to try not to fall in a hole, as happened a year ago after the semi-final", said Neuer, who was at fault for Liverpool's first goal on Wednesday.

His last three scoring games have all been doubles and his timing could not have been more impeccable just as concerns were being expressed about Mohamed Salah's form of three goals in the last 10 and none in the last six - easily his longest run without scoring for Liverpool.

Instead, what was served up was a rather dour affair, littered with errors from both sides and an inability to keep possession.

Bayern equalized when Liverpool defender Joel Matip scored an own-goal, but Virgil van Dijk made it 2-1 and Mane then struck again.

He looked the part, regularly stepping out of the backline to make critical interventions, and passed forward particularly well, especially with an early line-breaking pass to Roberto Firmino.

'Bayern have absolutely top players who want to become German champions for the seventh time in a row, ' Schwarz told mainz05.de. In a game like this, there will be mistakes but you have to stay in the game.

But it was the visiting side that struck the fatal blow with Van Dijk heading home Milner's corner with 69 minutes on the clock. Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Jurgen Klopp's team chose to almost double the previous record, dishing out a whopping £75 million for Van Dijk - unheard-of money for a defender.

Bayern defender David Alaba reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz
Bayern defender David Alaba reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz

"It is massive [potential for growth]", said Klopp.

Klopp's Liverpool are fighting for Premier League and UEFA Champions League silverware after splashing the cash on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri in the off-season.

I do have a weakness for Liverpool and I do want them to be champions.

The Reds reward for that stunning 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena could be a potential mouthwatering semi-final against either Barcelona or Manchester United.

It is the 17th time Barcelona has reached the quarterfinal stage of the competition, equaling the record set by Bayern.

"Whether teams take notice is not really for us to worry about but they take notice after they have played us and we have put them out".

Barcelona and Liverpool will join the three other English clubs, Porto, Juventus and Ajax in Friday's draw.


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