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

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2019

Klopp was gushing in his praise of the Holland captain after he scored the pivotal second goal in a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to secure a Champions League quarter-final place. With the score locked at 1-1, Virgil van Dijk rose above the defence and slammed home a header from a James Milner corner.

Mane now has seven away UCL goals for the Reds - overtaking one Steven Gerrard who was the previous record holder.

Van Dijk then chipped in to discuss Liverpool's performance, highlighting his partnership with Joel Matip as a key factor in their latest triumph.

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?

The Senegal worldwide also headed in Liverpool's third of the night for his 10th goal in as many games in all competitions for the Merseyside club.

This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals in Europe's top club competition.

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 again set a mark for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape of global top football".

"We have a good series in the Bundesliga and we have to focus on that", Kovac said. "The first goal was ridiculous really, how he finished it off, the calmness and the finish", Milner told reporters.

Although some pointed out that each of the teams are managed by different nationalities - with Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, Norway's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, Germany's Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and Spain's Pep Guardiola at City - and not to mention a mass of foreign players in the ranks. I'm really happy about the result.

I thought the performance in the second half by the whole team was one of the great Liverpool away performances.

"We defended pretty well, didn't give them too much, and the front three [of Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino] were outstanding again". That's something which has impressed Bild and shows in the German newspaper's player ratings, although not every Reds player got a good mark.

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