Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool: Ratings as Sadio Mane delivers and Virgil van Dijk is imperial

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Outstanding Liverpool roared into the Champions League quarter-finals with a mature 3-1 away victory at fellow heavyweights Bayern Munich.

The first goal of a tense tie came before half time at Allianz Arena as Senegal forward Sadio Mane delightfully punished Germany No1 Manuel Neuer’s impetuous charge and slotted into an open goal. The score was levelled on the night, however, soon after when Cameroon defender Joel Matip sliced into his own net.

Last season’s beaten finalists were then imperious after the break and gained double reward. Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk produced a towering header on 69 minutes and Mane nodded in Egypt forward Mohamed Salah’s enticing cross soon after to emphatically kill the two-legged contest.

Here are the Reds player ratings:

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)

Alisson 6: Brazil No1 would have been surprised by how little he had to do. Faced two shots on target.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 7: Pinged several delightful cross-field balls. Faced down Ribery and Coman. What a prospect.

Joel Matip 5: Accident waiting to happen. Darts up field must stop. Scored own goal he had threatened in first leg.

Virgil van Dijk 8: Another world-class display. Quietened Lewandowski and headed in fourth goal of 2018/19.

Andrew Robertson 7: Gnabry threatened to have his number again, but fine recovery spoke volumes. Banned for next game, though.

Georginio Wijnaldum 6: Netherlands international kept it simple and this is exactly what Liverpool needed on night.

Jordan Henderson 5: Man who was selected ahead of Fabinho made just seven touches before injury struck him down.

James Milner 7: Solid job from Liverpool’s veteran midfielder. Always an available option on the left flank.

Mohamed Salah 7: Mixed bag. Made up for egregious earlier greed by producing perfect centre for Mane’s header.

Roberto Firmino 6: Ex-Wolfsburg forward ran himself into the ground, at detriment of attacking ambitions.

Sadio Mane 9: Utterly brilliant. Punished Neuer and Hummels to become Liverpool’s all-time away scorer in UCL with seven goals.

SUBSTITUTES

Fabinho 7: Liverpool fans got their wish earlier than expected as injury forced his 13th-minute arrival. Consummate run-out followed.

Divock Origi N/A: Ex-Wolfsburg loanee was involved in build-up for Mane’s second on night.

Adam Lallana N/A: Valuable minutes on clock for recovering injury victim.

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Outstanding Liverpool roared into the Champions League quarter-finals with a mature 3-1 away victory at fellow heavyweights Bayern Munich.

The first goal of a tense tie came before half time at Allianz Arena as Senegal forward Sadio Mane delightfully punished Germany No1 Manuel Neuer’s impetuous charge and slotted into an open goal. The score was levelled on the night, however, soon after when Cameroon defender Joel Matip sliced into his own net.

Last season’s beaten finalists were then imperious after the break and gained double reward. Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk produced a towering header on 69 minutes and Mane nodded in Egypt forward Mohamed Salah’s enticing cross soon after to emphatically kill the two-legged contest.

Here are the Bayern player ratings:

BAYERN (4-2-3-1)

Manuel Neuer 4: Has turned into self-parody. Reckless decision to race out was beautifully punished by Mane.

Rafinha 4: Showed why he is a reserve right-back to the banned Kimmich. Mane enjoyed himself out there.

Niklas Sule 5: Didn’t have the speed to get across and help out Rafinha. Wasn’t at his best.

Mats Hummels 4: Critically outjumped by Van Dijk and Mane. Second half proved Germany set-up right.

David Alaba 5: Helped keep Salah fairly quiet in first half. But when he went on attack, Egyptian ran rampant.

Javi Martinez 7: Bayern’s best performer bossed midfield. But lucky not to see red for Wijnaldum stamp.

Thiago Alcantara 5: Performance mirrored Bayern’s: competitive in first half, invisible in second half. Lacked invention.

Serge Gnabry 5: Threatened to give Robertson another rare off night after teeing up goal. Then disappeared from view.

James Rodriguez 5: On-loan Real Madrid playmaker has had a negligible impact on both legs. Bayern needed him to do better.

Franck Ribery 5: Made a few darts around Alexander-Arnold, but no longer has pace to trouble such an accomplished youngster.

Robert Lewandowski 4: Another for whom Bayern expected much, but received little. Denied goal by Matip’s errant clearance.

SUBSTITUTES

Kingsley Coman 5: Did not improve on countryman Ribery’s paltry efforts.

Leon Goretzka 5: Greater attacking edge was not witnessed.

Renato Sanches N/A: Youngster represented desperate last throw of the dice.

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Jurgen Klopp hits out at claims Liverpool should accept Champions League exit

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists it is “mad” to suggest accepting a Champions League exit to help their domestic title push would be a preferred option.

Since the start of the season there have been pundits who have said the Reds’ Premier League hopes would be best served by exiting Europe as soon as possible.

And, while Klopp admits defeat against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their goalless last-16 tie would not be the biggest surprise in the competition’s history, his side will not go into the game thinking of the benefits such a result could bring.

“They (pundits) talk constantly. It doesn’t mean they make more sense because of that. That’s the problem,” said the Reds boss.

“I really don’t think that any other coach or manager in the world has to answer this question when he plays in the Champions League.

“It’s really unique. It only happens if you are the Liverpool manager and the pundits come from Manchester United and start these things.

“It is so easy to sit in an office or a studio and talk about things like that.

“We don’t draw up a season and say the best way to go through it is to go out of all the cup competitions early.

“You do that and in that moment the same people go for you like mad.

“Now it is closer to the end of the season and it is allowed to go out of the Champions League without even trying to go through? That’s really mad.

“I am not angry about it. It’s just so mad that I constantly get confronted by it.”

Liverpool arrive at Munich after a stalemate at Anfield.

Liverpool arrive at Munich after a stalemate at Anfield.

Klopp stressed Liverpool, who reached the final last season and are second in the Premier League, just a point behind Manchester City, want to prove they a “proper threat” in the competition.

“We play proper, real football and we try to win every game,” he added.

“The only thing I would say is that if we go out, maybe the fans won’t be exceptionally angry – ‘How can that happen?’ – because we still have a chance with the league.

“But I don’t think they will think before the game, ‘I hope we go out’. It is not that the players prefer the Champions League to winning the league.

“We still want to prove our value again in Europe. I think that is really important for the club that we really show we are a proper threat in that competition.”

Bayern took great satisfaction from a goalless draw at Anfield three weeks ago and Klopp took that as a sign of the reputation his side have in Europe.

Since then Liverpool have lost top spot domestically, while Bayern have regained the initiative in the Bundesliga, but the Reds boss does not believe the dynamic has been altered.

“We are a proper contender in a difficult competition with only fantastic teams left,” he said.

“Bayern is famous for going for results they think are good for them and on the night they thought 0-0 was the perfect result.

“Now we have to show it is not like this – we have to score if we want to go through; they have to score if they want to go through.”

In order to progress Liverpool will have to end a run of five successive European defeats away from Anfield – a sequence Klopp said had no underlying reason.

“It is nothing to do with being away from home, but of course we have to prove it,” he said.

“It is different, yes, but it is not that we are not able to perform in an away atmosphere.”

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