Milner hails 'on fire' Mane as Liverpool march on in Europe

Heather Diaz
March 15, 2019

Liverpool, who have slipped behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race in recent weeks, had lost all their away games in the Champions League competition this season prior to Wednesday.

In contrast, Bayern's defeat saw them exit the competition before the last eight for the first time since 2011, and Milner was pleased with the way Liverpool dealt with the Germans. "We conceded one, but everyone could see it was possible [for us to win]".

"It's a big step for us".

Van Dijk has made a total of 37 club appearances this season, keeping a remarkable 19 clean sheets in that time.

"I am really proud of the boys because it is a massive achievement. We didn't succeed because our opponents did a really good job, whereas we didn't have our best day".

This is Anfield's Joanna Durkan gave him a flawless 10/10 rating, describing his first goal on the night as "nothing short of exceptional".

"Sadio is on fire".

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

On a night were Liverpool had many outstanding performers, Klopp also paid tribute to Sadio Mane, scorer of the first goal. "Hopefully that continues for the rest of the season".

"I thought it was a good performance away from home in Europe against a good team", Milner added.

"But it goes to show you stats don't mean anything, and the only thing that matters is the scoreline, and Liverpool won 3-1".

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He told Viasport: "In both games we played too defensive, we didn't try to push forward to create [attacking] situations, also in the first game, and I think today we didn't risk so much".

On that occasion, Chelsea beat Liverpool to reach the last four, before losing to eventual winners Barcelona in the semis, while Manchester United and Arsenal emerged from their quarterfinals to meet in the last four, with United prevailing before losing to Barca in the final.

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