Nicol slams Liverpool performance: Atrocious, as bad as I've seen!

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game Bayern Munich

After a goalless first leg, Liverpool made the trip to Germany to face the reigning Bundesliga title-holders and five-time European champions, genuine heavyweights in this competition.

FC Barcelona haven't only qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League but, in the contest against Lyon, broke another record in Europe's top tier competition.

The forward was huge for Liverpool on the evening, not just bagging two important strikes, but also working tirelessly in attack and defence, as well as keeping possession when his side needed it.

"It's massive, a big step for us", said Klopp. With four English clubs reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season, we may be on the cusp of a new period of European domination by the richest league in the world. Not a lot of teams have on their cards an away win at Munich.

Manchester City lead the table by a point from the Reds at the moment, but they are busy taking in a FA Cup quarter-final over the weekend. They know it is a very tough place to come.

"They closed us down well".

Former Bayern president Beckenbauer feels Klopp - who won two Bundesliga titles in charge of their rivals Dortmund - would be an ideal fit for the club.

"I think we played too deep, didn't want to make too many risks, and I don't know why".

No wonder the manager could not hide his delight at the form of Van Dijk, whose other important contribution is to improve the players around him with Joel Matip-the club's fourth-choice centre-back-impressing since getting into the side after injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren. Playing your best football, free-flowing, is not possible against this team because you can not use your speed really.

"I had a lot of duels, not just with the one player, and it was very hard because I was alone sometimes, and I didn't have help also and I couldn't do some things".

So, English football is back, capped by Liverpool's victory in Munich on Wednesday night, but is the Premier League ready, once again, to dominate the Champions League?



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