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Liverpool are back on the big stage with Bayern win, says Klopp

Reuters , Thursday 14 Mar 2019
Juergen Klopp
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - Liverpool v Bayern Munich - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - February 19, 2019 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match REUTERS
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Liverpool showed they are back as one of European football’s powerhouses after dispatching Bayern Munich 3-1 in the German champions’ back yard on Wednesday, manager Juergen Klopp said.

Liverpool, five-times European champions and last season’s Champions League runners-up, eased past the Bavarians and into the quarter-finals with two goals from Sadio Mane and one from Virgil van Dijk after a goalless first leg at Anfield.

In a dominant performance, Liverpool shrugged off an early ankle injury to captain Jordan Henderson and kept their cool after Bayern’s equaliser through Joel Matip’s own goal late in the first half.

Liverpool then scored with headers from Van Dijk in the 69th minute and Mane in the 84th to book their spot in the last eight.

“It is an important (win) for different reasons. Important money-wise but also confidence-wise,” Klopp told reporters.

“Liverpool’s self-awareness now must be ‘we are back. We are back on the landscape. Back in big football’.

“That was part of the plan when we started the project,” Klopp said. “We still have space for improvement but beating Bayern here is a big one.”

Liverpool, who have slipped behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race in recent weeks, had lost all their away games in the Champions League competition this season prior to Wednesday.

Yet their victory saw them join Manchester City and Manchester United as well as Tottenham Hotspur in the last eight while Germany will be without a quarter-finalist for the first time in 11 years.

“We scored a wonderful goal in the first half, outstanding,” Klopp said. “We conceded one, but everyone could see it was possible (for us to win). The second half I was really happy by how mature the performance was, how strong we looked, how good we defended.

“It’s a big step for us. We have set a mark that this wonderful club is really at the top of the landscape of European football.”

“I am really proud of the boys because it is a massive achievement. We are on a good way and I like what the boys did tonight.”

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