The Merseyside Red army made England proud by overcoming German Bundesliga giants and thereby ensuring that the English contingent who qualified remain intact in the champions league.
The first goal was nothing short of sensational and it made the fans believe which saw them take advantage of free betting offers from leading bookmakers to bet on their team. The control and dummy by the Senegalese star took the game from the left palm of Bayern Munich, but his second of the day and Liverpool’s third took it away from both palms and gave it to Liverpool as they progressed to the quarter finals.
This match was billed as a clash of the titans outing and so it stamped, sealed and delivered. Bayern Munich who defeated there Bundesliga opponents by huge margin at the weekend were expected to overrun a Liverpool side trying to rediscover their beginning of the season form.
The first leg saw the two teams cancel each other out with a goalless draw at Anfield but the second leg produced four goals; a brace for Sadio Mane, a bullet header from Virgil Van Dijk and an unfortunate own goal by Joel Matip wrapped up the game in favour of the Reds.
The team selection was spot on apart from the questionable exclusion of in-form Fabinho Tavares, with Henderson starting ahead of him; every other department was good as is.
An ankle injury sustained by Henderson early in the first half put paid to the skippers contribution for the night and he was duly replaced by Fabinho who had a nervy start but asserted himself in the second half.
Liverpool last won the competition 14 years ago. Prior to lifting the trophy in Istanbul, they defeated Bayern Leverkusen 3-1. Some superstitious fans believe that beating Munich by the same margin is an harbinger for success in this year’s competition.
Liverpool defence was equally impressive as they limited the Bavarians to only one shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes.
Joel Matip and Virjil Van Dijk ensured that Lewandowski and James Rodriguez did not have a sniff at goal. Franc Ribery was kept quiet by a right back 15-years his junior and hardworking and energetic Andy Robertson, apart from a momentary lose of concentration, which led to the equalizer, was captivating to watch has he thronged up and down the left flank.
However, a booking picked up at the tail end of the game by the Scotland International captain was disappointing given that he will now miss the next champions league feature when the draw is announced 11:00 am tomorrow.
The fans are happy with their team performance and hope that the win serves as a springboard to achieve big things as the season crawls to a close. YNWA.