UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Liverpool played the perfect game in Munich to move onto the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League. The last year’s runner-ups won in one of the most difficult stadium in the world at Allianz Arena.
Mané scored a brace and was the man of the match. He troubled the German’s defense all game-long and surely made the difference tonight to qualify. Alike Manchester City, Liverpool are still alive in two major fronts with the Premier League and Champions League.
4 Premier League clubs will be featured in the last eight stage of the Champions League with potential thrilling domestic clashes as we will know more soon. Alongside them, Juventus, Barcelona, Porto and Ajax complete the 8 clubs to compete for the trophy on June 1st in Madrid, Spain.
Coach Klopp was delighted with his team’s performance:
It is a big night. We had a change early and we wanted to play more football than we did in the first half. So we changed that for the second half and it was much better. We scored an outstanding goal in the first half – an outstanding goal, wow. Conceded one as well, but I think after 45 minutes everybody knew it will not be easy for Munich; it’s possible, but will not be easy.
How I see it is that is important information in a football game for an opponent, who were full of confidence before the game. We had to try to impress and we did that. The second half, I was really happy – not only because we scored two goals, but because we played football – how mature it was, how strong we looked, how good we defended.
We had so many good football moments, especially in the second half, and I like that – that we developed in the game so much. It’s so important. It is a difficult place to come and not a lot of teams have on their cards an away win at Munich. We have that now and that’s cool. Difficult but cool.
We will see what we can do with it, but it is still fantastic sign that we again set a mark for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape on international, top-class football. We all think that’s where this club belongs and tonight we proved it a little bit. In the moment, you can hear it, I am really happy about the result and the fact we are through.