Bayern Munich pushed aside and knocked out by Liverpool

Liverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

Only twice since 2010 has a team without Ronaldo or Messi won the Champions League - Chelsea in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013 - and it will take a great team, or an outstanding player, to prevent one of them from claiming another winners' medal this season.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds went through with a 3-1 win in the last-16 tie at Munich's Allianz Arena yesterday after the first leg at Anfield had finished goalless.

Virgil van Dijk delivered another valuable goal to put the Reds 2-1 up on the night, and then Mane made sure they would join English counterparts Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City in Friday's quarter final draw.

Mane opened the scoring with a delicate finish in the 26th minute and added Liverpool's third in the 84th by heading in Mohamed Salah's cross as Bayern desperately sought a way back into the game.

With the score locked at 1-1, Virgil van Dijk rose above the defence and slammed home a header from a James Milner corner.

But Lewandowski believes his side was too defensive.

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

"We tried to push Liverpool, but in offence it was two versus four players and that's why we didn't match them".

Right now, he is the best defender in the world, with nobody anywhere questioning his value.

"If you look at the stats, the only reason they had more possession was because Liverpool kept giving them the ball".

"He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good". He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his huge value to this team.

"Virg knows that he can play better than he did, especially in the second half, we played as good as is necessary and possible in a game like this". You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this. "We are in the fight for first position in the league, but we want to play in the Champions League as well, which is the tournament we want to go far in, we want to give everything in this competition as well".

Virgil van Dijk's Statistics From Bayern Munich Game Are Unbelievable
We found that and that makes me feel really proud and happy. "We were playing too deep, we didn't take risks, I don't know why". More new signings are expected, but the new arrivals will have little time to adjust to get Bayern back to where it wants to be.

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