liverpool ‘back at the top’ – jurgen klopp

14:00    14 Mar 2019

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the club is “back at the top level of European football” following a 3-1 away win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

A brace from Senegalese star Sadio Mane sandwiched a Virgil van Dijk header as the Reds defeated their hosts at the Allianz Arena to move into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

"The second half was very mature," said German manager Klopp.

"In the moments we did play football we immediately destroyed the organisation of Bayern. It's absolutely deserved."

Liverpool have joined three other English sides – Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur – in the final eight. Barcelona, Juventus, Porto and Ajax complete the quarterfinal line-up, with the draw set to be held tomorrow.

Klopp added: "Whoever we get as an opponent we will take. The boys love the competition, they really dig in in these moments.

"The attitude was outstanding. The front three were outstanding, the boys who came on helped a lot.

"We've laid down a marker tonight that LFC is back on the top level of European football."

Klopp also hailed Mane's first goal, with the forward controlling a long ball before evading goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and chipping a perfectly-placed shot into the back of the net.

"The first goal, I have to watch it back probably 500 times - it's outstanding what Mane was doing," said the Liverpool manager.

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