Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

James Milner hails 'ridiculous' Mane goal as Liverpool march on in Europe

James Milner hails 'ridiculous' Mane goal as Liverpool march on in Europe

Andy Robertson also picked up a booking in stoppage time that means he will miss the first leg of the quarter-finals but they were the only blemishes on an otherwise impeccable night for Klopp's team.

While many may consider Mane to have been Man-of-the-Match, Van Dijk managed to put in another colossal performance in defence.

The Senegal worldwide scored twice at the Allianz, his first a wonderful turn to deceive Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer which team-mate James Milner described as "ridiculous", to take his tally to 10 in as many matches.

The Senegal global also headed in Liverpool's third of the night for his 10th goal in as many games in all competitions for the Merseyside club.

In fact, he was so impressive, that even John Henry had to tweet about him.

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

"I would've liked to have him at Liverpool [when I was there]. The other 25 percent is covered by Virgil van Dijk".

Liverpool, like Van Dijk, also have plenty of scope to develop and improve, and that is why they have a real chance to win the Premier League, Champions League or both this season.

After the 3-1 win which gave the Reds the qualification for the quarter finals, Fabinho has spoken to the Brazilian press about the match, claiming the Anfield side were very confident they would leave Germany with the qualification. The manager said victory at one of European football's powerhouses, following on from last season's appearance in the Champions League final, confirmed Liverpool's place among the elite in the game.

"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do. It is very important and it feels wonderful to score". "I don't know why because sometimes we tried to push Liverpool but it was two versus four players and that's why we didn't create much - and that's not our game".

'What can I say? "He's so good on the ball, so calm, big and strong - there's not really a weakness in his game at the moment".

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