Tuesday 22 October 2019

Liverpool legends salute Jurgen Klopp's Reds after sparkling victory in Munich

ON THE HEAD: Sadio Mane grabs Liverpool’s third goal at the Allianz Arena. Pic: Reuters/Andrew Boyers
ON THE HEAD: Sadio Mane grabs Liverpool’s third goal at the Allianz Arena. Pic: Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool legends Phil Thompson and Mark Lawrenson saluted Liverpool's magnificent as they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena to secure their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Two goals from Sadio Made sandwiched a crucial strike from Virgil van Dijk, as Liverpool secured a comfortable passage to the last eight after a tense 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield.

It inspired European Cup winning skipper Thompson to declare Klopp's side have silenced a few of their doubters, with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville among those suggesting Liverpool's hopes of winning the Premier League title could be boosted by going out of the Champions League.

"Liverpool made a massive statement with a top class performance to take Bayern Munich apart," former Reds skipper Phil Thompson told Sky Sports. "It showed that they wanted to get through to the next round. That performance confirmed they are up for this competition.

"If Man City made a statement last night by beating Schalke, this was a massive statement from Liverpool against a Bayern Munich side going for the title.

"This is a Liverpool team that is progressing and it was a magnificent performance from Jurgen Klopp with his team selection and his players responded in style."

Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson suggested the latest masterclass of a performance from Van Dijk should end the debate over who will be crowned as PFA Player of the Year.

"Their second half was as good as anything in the last year, including getting to the final last season," Lawrenson told the BBC. "They have won extremely comfortably, an outstanding, outstanding display from Liverpool.

"Jurgen Klopp has got this one absolutely right. Liverpool made Bayern look ordinary and it is not the same Bayern as two or three years ago, but they could not have played this any better.

"Virgil van Dijk has to win Footballer of the Year by a street. Liverpool's front three were always a threat and in big games recently they had looked average but today as a front three they were outstanding.

"Tactically Liverpool have got the second half 100 per-cent right. We said at half-time for Liverpool to keep it tight at the back, but still remain a threat and that is what they did in the second half."

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