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

Liverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

APLiverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do".

Bayern, who had reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last seven seasons and last failed to reach the quarter-finals in 2011, did not unduly trouble Liverpool who had Van Dijk back in defence following a suspension.

Virgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross
GETTY IMAGESVirgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross

Sadio Mane conducted an outrageous piece of skill and applied the finish to put the Reds 1-0 up in the first half, and left the hosts needing to score twice to progress. He was the orchestrator in Munich and looked like a teenager playing among 10-year-olds, so comfortable was he on the ball.

Virgil van Dijk made it 2-1 21 minutes from time and Mane wrapped things up late on, giving Liverpool a deserved away win at the Allianz Arena.

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Bayern Munich were eliminated by Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Robert Lewandowski pointed the finger at their tactics.

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels heads clear under pressure from Liverpool's Roberto Firmino. We have set a mark that this wonderful club is really at the top of the landscape of European football. "He's so good on the ball, so calm, big and strong - there's not really a weakness in his game at the moment". He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his enormous value to this team.

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No wonder the manager could not hide his delight at the form of Van Dijk, whose other important contribution is to improve the players around him with Joel Matip - the club's fourth-choice centre-back - impressing since getting into the side after injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.

"Virgil gives organisation on set pieces, and he is risky", Klopp said with some understatement. "He is still young enough to get better".

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His statistics are even better when restricted to the Premier League with 17 shut-outs in 30 matches, which has allowed Klopp's side to take on Manchester City head-to-head as they trail the defending champions by just a point.

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