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Sadio Mane double sends Liverpool through to Champions League quarterfinals

Sadio Mane double sends Liverpool through to Champions League quarterfinals

I wanted to win for Liverpool, not to beat Bayern. "It does not bring back for me the other results from when we played them and we lost", he added.

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

They followed up a goalless first leg with an impressive 3-1 win in Germany, with Sadio Mane netting twice to make up for his first leg misses and with Virgil van Dijk scoring as well.

The Senegal worldwide scored twice at the Allianz, his first a wonderful turn to deceive Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer which team-mate James Milner described as "ridiculous", to take his tally to 10 in as many matches.

Jurgen Klopp's team are back in action on Sunday when they face Fulham in the Premier League.

With the score locked at 1-1, Virgil van Dijk rose above the defence and slammed home a header from a James Milner corner.

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 knew that it would be a very tough game, but I think in both games we were playing too defensive", the Poland global told Viasport. Liverpool got precisely what they paid for: the best.

Niko Kovac says his Bayern Munich side now have to concentrate on winning a German league and cup double after their Uefa Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool.

"If you look at the stats, the only reason they had more possession was because Liverpool kept giving them the ball". We have set a mark that this wonderful club is really at the top of the landscape of European football.

"He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good".

Liverpool's owner very rarely tweets but he felt the need to hail Van Dijk's performance. "Virg knows he can play better than he did tonight; we can play better than we did tonight".

His statistics are even better when restricted to the Premier League with 17 shut-outs in 30 matches, which has allowed Klopp's side to take on Manchester City head-to-head as they trail the defending champions by just a point.

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