Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol says Liverpool were ‘atrocious’ against Bayern Munich

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2019

In-form Sadio Mane's double was added to by a towering Virgil van Dijk header - Mane's first was an undoubted Goal of the Season contender - with Joel Matip's first-half own goal ultimately proving meaningless.

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes that Sadio Mane has been in scintillating form since Christmas and admits that the attacker reminds him of former Red Raheem Sterling.

"I think we played too deep and didn't want to make too many risks". "He's so good on the ball, so calm, big and strong - there's not really a weakness in his game at the moment".

"We know the way we're playing, we can always create chances so we were quite confident we would create chances here and score goals". That says something about the team itself.

"Yes, we know the team we have, the quality we have, what we can give", Fabinho told Esporte Interativo.

Jurgen Klopp's men progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich powered by a brace from Mane on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.

"We still have two titles to fight for".

On the instructions from the manager, the centre-back said: "Obviously be fearless when we have the ball, make sure everyone wants the ball and when we defend, defend all together".

Van Dijk (8.7) was yet again masterful at the heart of the Reds' defence, scoring the all-important second goal for good measure.

Defender Mats Hummels, formerly coached by Klopp when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund together, was also gracious in defeat. "We have a lot to improve, a lot to learn, but we are back and I like that very much".

"The 1-2 took away our belief".

Last season's runners-up Liverpool completed a full house of English teams in the last eight, the first time this has happened since the 2008/9 season, with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City already through. "Still this was not a great game of football".

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