Former Liverpool defender Nicol labels Bayern performance ‘atrocious’

Former Liverpool defender Nicol labels Bayern performance ‘atrocious’

Former Liverpool defender Nicol labels Bayern performance ‘atrocious’

They were helped out in that quest before half time however, as Liverpool defender Joel Matip put into his own net to level the scores, but after the break Jurgen Klopp's men seized control.

Sadio Mane scored twice to hand Liverpool a 3-1 victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday with a dominant performance that sent them through to the Champions League quarter-finals. I think we played very well, we knew how to have a good time in the game, when we had to slow a bit more, keep the ball a little more, we knew how to do it.

If Liverpool win the Premier League this season, it will be down to the defensive stability that has been instilled by Van Dijk - they have kept 17 clean sheets in 30 games - but his contribution in the Champions League has been more subtle.

United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a unsafe outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League victor since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.

It takes an extra-special player to inspire a team to Champions League glory, and during this decade, it has usually been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi who has been the difference in terms of elevating his side above the rest.

"I don't see why not when he's gone to PSG with the team he's got and won", Giggs said, when asked if his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could land European football's biggest prize while in caretaker charge at Old Trafford. They know it is a very tough place to come.

"There are great chances, there are four English teams".

Mane has scored 69 per cent of his Champions League goals in the knockout stages of the competition (9/13).

With nine games left to be played in the 2018/19 campaign, Reus believes "a lot can still happen" in the title race. I have loved every minute of my time at Liverpool but to have not won something when we have given ourselves opportunities is hard to take.

The Premier League might be awakening again as a European force, but Ronaldo and Messi remain the kings of the competition.

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