The Reds join Premier League rivals Man City, Man Utd and Tottenham in the last eight along with the likes of Barcelona.
Liverpool confirmed there will be four English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2009 with a comfortable and clinical defeat of the German champions and Bundesliga leaders. Sadio Mané scored twice in a superb individual display while the equally impressive Virgil van Dijk also scored in Liverpool’s first European away win of the season, and arguably their finest under Klopp.
It was a night when Liverpool reminded themselves why a banner can be seen at their games to proclaim European football royalty. After the emphatic win, James Milner
James Milner has revealed Liverpool don’t want to tackle as Premier League rival in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Reds reached the last eight of the European competition after beating Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena. Sadio Mane opened the scoring by taking advantage of a Manuel Neuer mistake but Joel Matip poked through his own goal to force the sides level at the break. But Virgil van Dijk produced a towering head before Mane slid in a clincher to hand Jurgen Klopp’s side hope of winning the Premier League and Champions League this season.
The Premier League has produced half the sides that still remain in the competition – with Manchester United , Manchester City and Tottenham also easing through the last-16 stage.
But Milner, who was part of the Reds side that reached the final last year – and edged out City – knows who he doesn’t want this time around. “It is good for English football,” Milner told BT Sport.
“That’s what you want. I don’t think we want to play each other in the next round but we’ll see who we get. We have good feelings from last year so hopefully, we can carry that on and go as far as we can.” Milner was forced to helped re-organise the Liverpool midfield after Jordan Henderson was forced off with an ankle injury in the 12th minutes.
Fabinho came on and Milner insists the squad depth makes changes simple. “It says a lot about the squad we have got,” the former Leeds man said. “To lose the captain that early was difficult but we dealt with it well. Fabinho came on and did well then we scored. It was a good result. We didn’t play our best but it is about defending well and getting three points.”
It’s certainly remarkable to see all four English sides to enter the last eight of Europe’s elite competition. It’s been 11 years since an English side won Champions League, it seems this could be the year where an English might lift the Champions League trophy in June.