Article by Anish Dogra @Anish_Dogra
What a game. What a night. Bayern were second best in every single department, the peerless duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip had Robert Lewandowski, one of Europe’s best strikers in their back pocket. The midfield three were as effective and as hard working as ever with Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Milner covering their defence superbly and at the same time providing quick and incisive passes to the front three.
What can I say about those front three though, Mane, a constant menace to Bayern’s defence, they simply could not handle him. Firmino, despite not scoring produced yet another performance to show us all why he is one of the first name’s on Klopp’s team sheet. Lastly, Mo Salah. Yes he isn’t on the best form right now but his input was as crucial as ever, a brilliant cross for Mane’s 2ndgoal, and in general a constant threat to David Alaba and the rest of the Bayern defence, all world class players go through bad patches, but as they say, form is temporary class is permanent.
Undoubtedly this was one of Liverpool best performances of the season, not just because they scored 3 goals on the night but because it was so mature and so professional, Bayern mustered two shots on target of which were both in the first half, this was most certainly a proper European away performance. Anyone not associated with Liverpool Football Club will only say that last night’s result means Liverpool FC are in the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League again. However everyone involved with the club whether that be the manager, players, coaches or fans will know who huge a result that is in terms of the manner of victory and what it will do for the player’s beliefs going into the last two months of the season.
With 8 games to go in the League season, plus at least another 2 more Champions League games, who knows how this season is going to end? But one think that can be said is that Jurgen Klopp and his squad will have so much belief going into the last two months of the season. At the end of the week this club could have been out of the Champions League and 2ndin the Premier League having played a game more than Manchester City. Now instead they are quarter finalists and have the chance to go back to the top of the League and stay there for two weeks at least.
To finalise, Gary Neville should never comment about what Liverpool should do or shouldn’t do to increase their chances of winning a first ever Premier League title. A few weeks ago the Sky Sports pundit said that Liverpool should “forget about the Champions League to increase their chances of winning the Premier League”. Whilst the former Manchester United defender has a point in the sense that the more games Liverpool will have to play the more fatigued they will become, it is complete nonsense that a club of this stature should be prioritising one competition over the other.
At this stage of the season players want to be playing as many games as possible because that means they are so close to winning the grandest of prizes. Last night’s victory not only means the club are a closer to going one step further than last season’s Champions League run, it also means the club will have an incredible amount of belief that they can bring home at least one form of silverware at the end of the season. Roll on the last eight games and roll on the next opponent in Europe!
Article by Anish Dogra @Anish_Dogra
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