Mane's solo strike v Bayern from six great angles

Liverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do. The first goal was ridiculous really, how he finished it off, the calmness and the finish", Milner told reporters.

Liverpool saw off Bayern 3-1 in their last 16 second leg thanks to a double from the in-form Sadio Mane and a goal from defender Virgil van Dijk.

They might have kept a clean sheet against Bayern at Anfield three weeks ago, despite being without the suspended Van Dijk, but the 27-year-old's return to the heart of the defence for this game was transformative for Liverpool.

Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy.

"We had better passing in the second half, we had so many good football moments in the second half and I like that we developed into the game".

Virgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross
GETTY IMAGESVirgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross

Mane's strikes took him to 10 goals in his last 10 games in all competitions for the Reds, and Milner said: "Sadio is on fire. We have a lot to improve, a lot to learn, but we are back and I like that very much".

His quality shined even more in contrast to Bayern's defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule. Van Dijk possesses all of the strengths of Hummals and Sule but none of the weaknesses, and he did not give Lewandowski an inch of space all night.

"Virgil gives organisation on set pieces, and he is unsafe", Klopp said with some understatement. Maybe we were trying to play defensive and trying to score goals and maybe that was wrong and today Liverpool were better.

Liverpool will discover their quarterfinal opponents when the draw is held in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday. Messi was instrumental during Barca's 5-1 Nou Camp win against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring twice and creating the others for the Spanish champions, while Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in Turin 24 hours earlier was just the latest chapter in the Juventus forward's incredible Champions League story.

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