An incredibly intelligent and controlled away performance is how I would some the game up. Going to the Allianz Arena against European royalty and actually dominating most parts of the game is amazing and all the players and staff deserve huge credit for their preparation and delivery of that performance last night.
The game started off very cagey with neither us nor Bayern wanting to make a mistake and a lot of respect given from both sides. I felt as though Bayern opted for a high intensive and pressure system early on and it was causing us to make mistakes when passing out from the back. We found it difficult to link up play from the midfield and forwards due to this high intensity too.
Then came Mané’s goal which was just sheer individual brilliance, absolutely world class, I could watch that on repeat for days. From this point in the first half, we had much more control in the game until Gnabry eased away from Robbo to find unfortunate Matip’s leg and level the score.
The second half was one of the best performances I’ve seen from Liverpool this season, very smart play, not rushing, holding the ball up in the right moments, knowing when to sit deep, knowing when the right moment to attack is, it was just perfect.
Bayern had no fuel left in the tank by the 60th minute and I honestly think that they were hoping to blow us away in the first half.
Milner the Assist King finds VVD the Aerial King on 69 and Bayern heads start dropping every minute that ticks by. They try throwing the kitchen sink at us but truthfully don’t have enough innovation or energy to cut through us. Finally, Mané heads home to kill the game with a ridiculously beautiful pass from Mo.
Bayern humbled in their back garden, first time they haven’t progesssed to the quarters since 2011. Meanwhile, we are looking like champion material, such a professional performance and game plan executed by our lads.
CL AND PL THIS YEAR REDS! COME ON!
Matip - Couldn’t do anything about the own goal. Fantastic at bringing the ball out from the back and had Lewandowski in his pocket all game.
VVD - Just love this guy to bits. He is everything you want from a Liverpool player. Won everything in the air last night, including the goal of course!
Milner - Worked his socks off and continues to prove he still has what it takes at the highest level. No one has more assists than him in CL since start of last season (10).
Mané - Two outstanding goals. His pace and unpredictability gave both Rafinha and Alaba a torrid time all game. He was the difference last night, world class Sadio, keep it up please!