Liverpool continued their sublime form as they got the better of German champions Bayern Munich on their own turf to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions league for the second season running
Both teams would have have been fairly optimistic coming into the second leg after the first leg at Anfield ended in a 0-0 draw. But it turned out to be another one of those special European nights for the Reds as Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute. Bayern leveled the scores after defender Joel Matip unfortunately turned the ball into his own net.
Liverpool, however, were the much stronger side after the halftime break. Virgil van Dijk sent Liverpool ahead again when he scored on the 69th minute. And Sadio Mane’s goal on the 84th minute was the final nail in the coffin for the Bavarians as it ended little hope that they had for a comeback.
The quarterfinal draws were announced earlier in the day and Liverpool would be considering themselves slightly lucky as they have been tied against FC Porto. The two sides had been paired against each other at the Round of 16 stage last season and the Reds progressed with a 5-0 aggregate scoreline. The Reds would be hoping for more of the same.
Speaking after their game against Bayern, Liverpool midfielder Milner said that they were desperate to win trophies,
“You know, it’s been so long since we won a league title,” Milner told UK newspapers. “Even in recent years, Liverpool haven’t won as many trophies as they should do for such a big club.
“Even for us now, we are a young team, we are improving but the chances we have given ourselves? We have to put that right. We have to get over the line in one of them.”
“I have been to three finals since I have been here, lost them all and I am desperate to put that right,” Milner added. “It’s a memory you will never forget. You are proud to have played in the European Cup final but you don’t go there to lose. You still think about it now.
“We probably took more positives from last year than negatives, but it’s a bitter pill to swallow when you lose the final of the Champions League and the way we went down.
“I have loved every minute of my time at Liverpool but to have not won something when we have given ourselves opportunities is difficult to take at this moment. It is something I am desperate to put right.”
Liverpool have a great chance to end their trophyless run this season as they are very much involved in the Champions league as well as the Premier league.