Second half dominance sees Liverpool past Bayern Munich
Jürgen Klopp's Reds produced a fine performance in Munich with a brace from Mané and one from Van Dijk seeing them into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool: match review
Jürgen Klopp marches his side into the Champions League quarter-finals against an old foe. Bayern may have returned to the summit of the Bundesliga, but they never truly showed their teeth against a Liverpool side that looked nervous in the first half, and then confidently assured in the second. Across the two legs, only one team deserved to progress, and although that doesn't always happen in football, it did tonight.
Bayern tried to control much of the first 45 and their visitors, much like the game in that period, struggled to find any rhythm. Then, a ball up to the always-interested Sadio Mané was killed dead by the forward, putting the Neuer in a tricky position at the edge of his area. The striker spun back on himself, around the keeper, and then dinked a delicious ball into the open net, avoiding two covering defenders. That valuable away goal was in play.
That goal was cancelled out on the night by a Matip own goal after great play by Serge Gnabry on the right, and Bayern went on the hunt for the all important second. It didn't come in the final minutes of the first half and, as we were to see, after that any hope would quickly disappear.
Whether or not Klopp reminded his players during the break that they were a force to be reckoned with.this season, remains to be seen. But the Liverpool side that came out with extra fire, belief, passion, call it what you will, and ran away with the tie. Headers from the imperious Van Dijk and another for Mané sent out a statement to the other teams that are in Friday's pot. This side will not be at the top of anyone's preferred pick when the balls come out.
Relive the game below...
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool: how it happened
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This game was in the balance for a long time but it was an assured second-half performance that saw Liverpool see off the Bundesliga giants. Bayern will rue not trying harder to pick up an away goal in the first leg, and now Jürgen Klopp can look forward to Friday's quarter-final draw.
Full-time | Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool
90'+3' Peep, peep, peeeeep!! The final whistle blows and Klopp has a successful return to Germany.
90'+2' Oh! News here as a clumsy challenge by Robertson sees the key play booked and out of the first leg of the quarter final
90'+1' The life has been taken out of the game, understandably...
90' Three minutes of added time start now
88' Seven players for Liverpool across the 18-yard box as Bayern look to find a consolation goal for their fans. They struggle to create anything against that and a hopeful cross is gathered by Alisson.
86' Milner off for Lallana and his hug with Klopp suggests they know they're going into the quarter finals.
Bayern 1-3 Liverpool (1-3) | Origi in the centre, out to Salah, pin-point cross to the back post where Mané stretches his neck and heads home. Beautiful move.
84' Gooooooooooaaaaalllllll!!! Mané may have ended this game as a contest.
83' Origi on for Firmino as Klopp looks to hold up play
81' Every time the vistitors win back the ball in their own third they are immediately looking to create, and looking a threat too. The most recent ends with a Firmino ping from the edge of the area which stings the hands of Neuer.
80' Liverpool have only made the one change so far, the Henderson one forced on them early in the match. Looks like that may change now.
79' Third change for Bayern: Renato Sanches comes on for James
77' A Sule foul gives Trent the opportunity to swing in a free-kick to the box from deep. Van Dijk is there but it's well defended.
75' CHANCE!! And what a chance for Liverpool to kill this game off. Great play from Firmino sends Salah away. Again he chooses not to play in his supporting teammate (this time Mané) and the defenders eventually close off the shooting chance he was trying to carve out.
73' Leon Goretzka on for Javi Martinez as the Liverpool fans make themselves heard.
73' An Alexander-Arnold corner leads to another, and Bayern escape them both, in nervy fashion.
71' The ball breaks to Fabinho who has a go from outside the area aiming for the top right corner. A deflection takes it high and out for a corner. Van Dijk a threat from every one of these.
Bayern 1-2 Liverpool (agg 1-2) | A much more positive approach from Klopp's side has earned its reward. The corner swung in from the right and the big Dutchman rises above everyone.
69' Gooooaaaaaaaallllll!!!! Van Dijk heads home from a corner
68' The visitors are definitely much more a driving force in this half, but I wouldn't put any money on deciding who is going to win. A goal for Liverpool would certainly open things up massively, but Bayern just as likely to...wait a minute!
66' Another yellow. This time for Thiago for a 'clever' foul on Mané as Liverpool were breaking fast.
63' Matip goes into the book. Liverpool getting pulled up for a number of fouls in this second half.
61' Coman comes on for Ribery.
61' Chance!! Gnabry set free with Robertson caught away and the former Arsenal player drills a dangerous ball low across goal. His number 9 slides in at the near post but can't get a toe on it.
60' Alexander-Arnold breaks forward to support the attack but as he looks to skip passed the challenge, doesn't take the ball with him. That gives the hosts a chance to break but it breaks down thanks to the ref being in the way.
58' Lewandowski runs onto a long pass, similar to a tactic in the first half, but is shepherded away well and Alisson collects.
56' The tackles are sharper from the Premier League title-chasers, the press is higher, and more effective. They're still not testing Neuer though and Bayern carry a threat when they move forward themselves.
53' The visitors have started this second half much better. Nice play on the left creates space for Milner to cross. Then Salaha and Alexander-Arnold share a backheel or two keeping possession under pressure.
50' Save!! Salah is free to sprint goalwards and, as the defenders back off and back off, he has the choice to pick out the support run of Milner or shoot. He chooses the latter and Neuer saves well.
48' Corner for Bayern, after Fabinho cut out a potentially dangerous move, and James swings it to the back post. The clearance allows Liverpool to break fast...
47' Salah and Mané play a nice one-two-three coming in from the right touchline. A bunch of players in red (Bayern tonight in this colour) crowd out the Senegalese forward.
46' Lewandowski out wide on the left, works it into Thiago who is caught by Mané as he tried to intercept. Early free kick to the home team.
Right, the players are back out...
Niko Kovač on the other hand will likely ask his players to keep doing what they are doing, but with a gradual stepping up of their intensity levels. Alisson has not been troubled a great deal but there are some frailties that could be capitalised on. Ribery and Gnabry are always willing runners. The risk in the back of their minds, of course, is that of being hit on the counter.
Jürgen Klopp will remind his players that, as things stand, they are going through to the Champions League quarter-finals, courtesy of the away goal. He'll possibly though make some tweaks to the style of play, which for much of the half failed to take control.
45'+2' Ribery outnumbered on the right, again Salah helping out his full-back, and as the dangers dissipates, the ref blows his whistle.
45'+1' Into the first of two minutes of added time. Bayern continue to build with Liverpool still playing on the counter.
45' Oooohhh!!! Lewandowski is set free (after loose play from Firmino in midfield) and the Pole chips it over the onrushing Alisson. The ball slips an inch wide of the post although it's possible the play would have been called back for him being offside. This game is in the balance.
44' Saved! Alisson watches the dead ball all the way into his grateful arms.
43' Fabinho goes into the book after a foul in a dangerous area about 30 yards from goal and centre. Alaba to take...
42' Klopp's players had started to look more and more confident with that two-goal cushion but Bayern can now smell blood.
Bayern 1-1 Liverpool (1-1) | Almost out of nothing, Gnabry runs onto a long ball down the right channel. His drilled cross is turned in by The Reds' defender with Lewandoski almost certain to tap it home if not.
38' Gooooooaaaaaaaaalllllll!!!! Matip brings Bayern level with an own goal
37' James looks to cause a scare in the Liverpool area but the cross is dealt with and it's away.
35' Lovely move from Liverpool cuts the Bayern midfield open. Mané then feeds in the overlapping Robertson who, in a position more suited to crossing, tries to catch Neuer at the near post. Blocked for a corner.
33' Ribery almost sneaks in on the left but Salah and Alexander-Arnold snuff out the danger and neat play sees the Egyptian break down the wing on the counter. Nothing from it.
32' Liverpool sitting off their hosts, seeing what they are going to do. The answer is keep possession between themselves without pushing on too much.
30' The man the Bavarian's often look to when they need a goal, Lewandowski, tries his luck from distance but Alisson gathers easily.
28' Ribery almost in but his control lets him down. Bayern need to push on now, chasing two goals.
Bayern 0-1 Liverpool (agg. 0-1) | Van Dijk played a pass forward to the Senegalese forward who controls it perfectly under pressure which makes Neuer's decision to race out questionable. Mané swivelled around the keeper and then chipped home between the helpless defenders.
26' Goooooaaaaaalllll!!!! Mané puts Liverpool ahead
25' Again the English side go direct, Firmino being fed this time running onto the edge of the Bayern area. He decides to swing his right boot at the bouncing ball and, although catching it sweetly, it flies just wide.
23' From deep Fabinho tries to pick out the sprinting Salah the Egyptian is closed out by three defenders and the ball runs on safely to a so-far-untroubled Neuer. More creativity required.
21' For the first time Liverpool get some useful passes connnecting and Salah almost escapes Alaba, before being pulled back. The free-kick is worked back the way as the visitors try to get their own game going.
19' A passage of play in the middle of the pitch provides little to talk about and then Liverpool work the ball back to Alisson. The confident keeper plays a casual pass under pressure to Fabinho on the edge of his area and leaves his outfield players to sort things out.
16' The diagonal from deep towards Ribery seems to be one particular out for Bayern. On that occasion the French winger had strayed offside before the pass was made. Trent is going to be busy.
14' Bayern controlling much of the play at present without creating anything. Liverpool so far still to settle. Matip there goes through the back of the player and a free-kick given to the hosts in the middle of the park.
13' It looked as though Henderson was running off that earlier knock but it's not been possible. Fabinho on for the Englishman.
10' Penalty shout! As Bayern's pressure in the final third grows, a ball is lifted high into the area for Lewandowski to latch onto. Van Dijk manages the situation well and as the forward fell to the ground the ref was having none of his claims. Rightly so.
8' Chance! Thiago has the first attempt of the game. Sloppy play at the back from the visitors sees the ball rolled free at the edge of their penalty area. The Spaniard steps onto it and tries his luck, but it flies well over.
7' The ref orders Henderson to finish off his treatment on the sidelines and the game continues. No real flow about this game yet, but it's to be expected, all things considered.
6' The play has stopped again as Liverpool captain Jordon Henderson is getting treatment. Fabinho is warming up and it looks like Klopp may be forced into an early change.
4' Robertson again seen as an outlet and he also finds a way into the Bayern area but is closed down and play is stopped for a clumsy foul to the hosts.
2' Bayern's first build-up gets as far as Alisson but with no threat. Liverpool then feed out to the left and Salah gets asked to chase a ball down the wing. Covered well.
1' The visitors get a few touches across the backline but good pressure from Bayern forces Alexander-Arnold to clear and the hosts get their first touches in.
The whistle blows and Liverpool get us underway...
The players are coming out onto the pitch, small child in hand. There's that famous anthem for the Champions League. Are your hairs standing on end like mine? It's almost time...
We're in the tunnel with the players and managers. Some nervous faces here although plenty of smiles, hugs, and determined mannerisms too...
Just a few minutes now till kick-off and the players have been out on the field warming up. Time for Klopp and Kovač to give their final words of advice before they come out again to get things underway...although it's all about motivation, with the tactics clearly imprinted on the players' minds.
The man with the whistle for tonight's game is Daniele Orsato, a 43-year-old Italian from Montecchio. There are no other Italians going to be on the pitch tonight, despite a varied selection of internationals across the two sides.
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Worth noting too that this 'width' approach was adopted by the much-lauded Pep Guardiola when his side travelled to Anfield earlier in the season.
Key to the Bavarians' success was their movement of the ball to wider areas once in possession at the back. Teams that have tried to develop play against Klopp's high-pressing team have often been turned over, or forced into a mistake, sometimes leading to goal-scoring opportunities. By shifting it out to the flanks, the risks are reduced, and Liverpool found it harder to capitalise from those areas.
James Rodriguéz, Gnabry and Ribery given the task of providing the ammunition for their lethal number 9 by Kovač. With the home crowd behind them, surely we'll see a much more attacking approach than that 'safety first' one from Anfield.
While we await the Bayern news, the only real discussion point from Klopp's selection is that of James Milner. Fabinho has impressed of late but it's the ever-reliable Englishman who has been given the task alongside the more expected Henderson and Wijnaldum.
Team news is coming in. And it's the away team that has communicated it first...
Going into this game, both sides can boast impressive domestic wins at the weekend, and fans of each club will have good reasons to be optimistic about reaching the quarter-finals of this year's tournament. They'll also, just as the managers and players involved, be wary of what the opposition has to offer.
The first leg at Anfield a few weeks back ended goalless although The Reds felt like they should have carried a lead from that match after being more progressive with the ball. Niko Kovač, though, set the German champions up so as to thwart the famous press of Jürgen Klopp's side (more on that later), and managed to frustrate them for the full 90 minutes.
Hello and as very warm welcome to our build-up to the big game in Germany tonight as Liverpool travel to take on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. Kick-off is at 21:00 CET (15:00 EST) but there's plenty to cover before our live commentary so stay with us...
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool: match preview
Kings of Europe ten times between them, five apiece, Bayern Munich and Liverpool can quantifiably be classed as continental heavyweights. And coming into this second leg, one leading the Bundesliga on goal difference, the other just a single point off the Premier League leaders, there is no doubt that we have a huge night ahead of us.
The German side, following a patchy start to their season, have been performing well in recent weeks. Home form has been particularly impressive, having won eight of their last ten at the Allianz Arena (drawing the other two) and securing clean sheets in half of those. Holding Liverpool at bay tonight could be the key to progression knowing that any away goal will hurt after their limp attacking showing in England.
Missing for Niko Kovač tonight will be the influencial Kimmich who picked up a booking in the first leg. How the manager looks to fill that slot will be interesting. Thomas Muller is also suspended, while Tolisso and Arjen Robben also miss out through injury. There is, of course, quality throughout the Bayern XI but this game could come down to key moments from either end of their formation. Manuel Neuer has consistently been viewed as one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the world for some time and is likely to be called into action against a lively attack. Robert Lewandowski is the other Bayern bookend, recently taking his place in history as the highest scoring foreign player in the Bundesliga. Give him chances and he will score. Whether Kovač decides to go for it more than he did in the first game will determine how many he gets.
Jürgen Klopp's team became known last season for their blistering counter-attacks and high press. Both were critical parts to them scoring for fun, with the front three of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah regularly punishes opposition defences. The system though lacked some solidity, and they were found wanting in the Premier League, and also, on occasions, in their run to the Champions League final. Additions of Alisson Becker in goal and Virgil van Dijk have made a massive difference to the overall solidity of the team - currently holding the best defensive record in the Premier League - and, despite not being the same exhilarating attacking force, look like a side that could go all the way to titles both domestically and in Europe. There are a few clubs that stand in their way though.
It was in last season's Champions League semi-final where the impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain was seriously injured and this game has come a little too early for his long-awaited return. Out injured too are Joe Gomez and Naby Keita, both expected to be important parts in Klopp's jigsaw for the years ahead. As well as the front three, however, Bayern are going to have concerns over two Reds in particular, Andrew Robertson (less than €10m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (youth product). The width and accuracy of crossing they have provided has been one of the biggest threats to rivals this campaign.
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