Over 4,000 Liverpool fans travelled to Germany to see the Reds go all out to win their Round of 16 fixture. Liverpool will progress to the Champions League Quarter Finals with a historic win over Bayern Munich.
Despite the hostile setting of the Allianz Arena, Liverpool went into the second leg of the Round of 16 feeling confident. The return of Jürgen Klopp’s safest midfield saw fans upset prior to kick-off.
That feeling was unjust as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners at the Allianz. Sadio Mané got a crucial brace, split only by Virgil van Dijk scoring the goal in between.
The Dutchman – who ended the match as Liverpool captain – was as calm as assured as always.
The first half was a largely tense contest with both sides trying to get a feel for the game.
The only action coming in the forms of Mané’s goal and Joel Matip’s own-goal. Plus a break-away from Robert Lewandowski that turned out to be offside.
The second half opened up the game much more. End-to-end football ensued with Liverpool luckily coming off the better of the two sides. Virgil van Dijk got the goal to put the Reds ahead and the big man did it with amazing class.
Mané got the third goal in similar fashion to van Dijk. Header into the bottom corner. Lovely.
Nothing more to be said other than the fact Liverpool have gone through to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League in the back-yard of the German champions.
Alisson – 7
Doesn’t do anything wrong. Not even that busy. Nothing more to say.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
Standard game from Trent. Had a difficulty dealing with Franck Ribery but got through it. Just average but that’s all we needed.
Virgil van Dijk – 9
Lucky to not concede a penalty early on. Other than that he was his normal self. Big and sturdy at the back, Virgil van Dijk is unlike any other defender in the world and no-one can argue that.
Scores the second goal with majesty and pure prowess. Virgil towers over Mats Hummels to head the ball into the bottom left-hand corner on the end of a James Milner corner.
Joel Matip – 5
Matip retained his place in the starting line-up over Dejan Lovren despite the Croatian returning to fitness slowly and surely.
Scored an own-goal. However, to his defence there wasn’t much more that he could do to stop the ball cannoning off his foot into his own net.
Other than the unfortunate own-goal, Matip had a pretty decent game, raising most aspects of his performance to Bayern’s level.
Booked for a challenge on Lewandowski.
Andy Robertson – 6
Not his usual self going down the left. Had a tough night defensively, too. Had to deal with Serge Gnabry causing problems.
Gets booked very late, getting himself suspended from the first leg of the Quarter Final. A shame.
Jordan Henderson – N/A
Spent a total of 13 minutes on the pitch. Replaced by Fabinho early on thanks to an injury to his heel. Worrying signs for the captain as he has had a lot of issues in regard to heel injuries in the past.
James Milner – 7
Milner had a half-decent game, even getting an assist from a corner for van Dijk’s goal. Plays well through the rest of the game and does his selection justice.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6
Gini had a pretty quiet game. Some good movement in the middle and started some counter-attacks. Always somewhat effective but largely a passenger of the game.
Mohamed Salah – 5
Invisible in the first half, didn’t seem to create much of anything. Doesn’t get his first shot in until early in the second half, testing Neuer.
Gets through on the Bayern defence in the last 15 minutes. Spins around the defenders and gets the ball taken away from him just before he could take a meaningful shot. Should have passed to Mane.
Tries too hard to score and that was the biggest detriment to his play tonight.
Roberto Firmino – 5
Lost the ball a few times in the first half. Inadvertently set up a Bayern counter that very nearly resulted in a Lewandowski goal.
Has a couple of wild shots in the second half but gets replaced by Divock Origi in the last 10 minutes.
Sadio Mane – 10
Scored the opening goal in fantastic fashion. Received the ball on the edge of the area with Neuer putting him under pressure.
A beautiful touch took the German goalkeeper out of the game and Mané slipped the ball over the Bayern defence and straight into the net to give the Reds the lead.
Puts the game to bed with a fantastic lunging header straight into the same corner as Virgil. Beautiful performance by a beautiful man.
Every single time Sadio Mané made a run against the Bayern defence he was through. He could have had four or five if he was found by his team-mates more often.
Fabinho – 7
Came on for an injured Jordan Henderson early on. Booked for a foul on James Rodriguez just before half-time.
Had his usual solid game in the middle of the park. Defensively solid. Great passing range as always.
Divock Origi – 6
Comes on and we score. Coincidence? I think not.
Does okay in the 10 minutes he gets given.
Adam Lallana – N/A
Brought on for the sake of it, probably a reward for his class performance on the weekend.