what did you miss: liverpool ‘back at the top’ – jurgen klopp

06:30    15 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.

Real Madrid sign highly-rated defender Eder Militao

Spanish football heavyweights Real Madrid have signed centre-back Eder Militao from Portuguese champions FC Porto on a six-year deal.

The 21-year-old defender becomes the first signing at Real since Zinedine Zidane returned as head coach on Monday, replacing the sacked Santiago Solari.

The Brazil international will join up with his new team-mates at the start of next season.

A club statement read: "Éder Gabriel Militão (Sertãozinho, Sao Paulo, 18-01-1998) is officially a new Real Madrid player, signing until 2025. The 21-year-old defender will join the club next season and is already a full Brazil international.

"He comes to the Whites from Porto, where he has quickly become a star of the team in only his first year in the Portuguese League. He has been named the best defender in the league for the last five months in a row.

"A versatile footballer, Militão plays largely as a centre-back although he has also spent time at right-back. His speed, positioning and anticipation are his greatest assets, while he is also strong in the air.

"These qualities have been on consistent display since his arrival at Porto last summer as he has adapted swiftly to the European game."

F1’s 2021 rules delay could spark Red Bull departure

Red Bull Racing have once again brought up the threat of leaving Formula 1 over a delay in regards to the 2021 rules.

The teams have not yet reached a consensus over a new Concorde Agreement and F1’s parent company, Liberty Media, has made it clear that a level playing field in financial terms will be implemented going forward.

Red Bull have expressed their concern over budget cap restrictions, as they are the only top team not linked to a car manufacturer and engine supply (such as Mercedes and Ferrari).

Team principal Christian Horner admits that Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz could pull the plug if he's not happy with the shape of F1 in 2021.

Horner told Autosport: "Absolutely. And that's his right. He's passionate about motorsport, he's passionate about F1, he's enthusiastic about the new engine partnership with Honda and the potential that brings.

"But of course F1 has to deliver for the Red Bull brand as well. It needs to be exciting, it needs to be cost effective, the racing's got to be great, and we need to be able to play on an equal and level playing field with OEM and manufacturer teams. I think like all of us he's waiting to see what F1 is post-2020."

Horner said a strong start to the Honda partnership is not essential to maintaining Mateschitz's motivation.

"Through good days and bad days he's always been tremendously supportive, and invested probably more into F1 than any other entity," said Horner.

"Two F1 teams, a grand prix [in Austria], plus all the promotion that Red Bull does around the world supporting F1, it's enormous. He wouldn't do that if he didn't believe in the sport."

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