James Milner hails 'ridiculous' Mane goal as Liverpool march on in Europe

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This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals in Europe's top club competition.

Sadio Mane conducted an outrageous piece of skill and applied the finish to put the Reds 1-0 up in the first half, and left the hosts needing to score twice to progress. They know it's a tough place to come. I am really happy about the result and the fact that we are through.

"But we kept them as often as possible away from our goal".

"I really think this club deserves to have awareness again".

Although some pointed out that each of the teams are managed by different nationalities - with Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, Norway's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, Germany's Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and Spain's Pep Guardiola at City - and not to mention a mass of foreign players in the ranks.

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

He said: "I see it like all the boys see it in dressing room and everybody who sees it with us, it is a big night".

Van Dijk sat out the first leg through suspension and, once again, proved an influential presence on his return. It is always a bad sign when you have to change early, you don't want that in the middle of the park. He was so strong, so important to us, but he can play better than he did [on Wednesday]. We tried to use our full-backs to attack.

"Today we didn't play like in the Bundesliga, of course I don't know why. Bayern has so much quality, unbelievable, and we impressed them and that's a massive thing".

It takes an extra-special player to inspire a team to Champions League glory, and during this decade, it has usually been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi who has been the difference in terms of elevating his side above the rest. It's not sweeter for me because it's Bayern.

"But, to be fair, we did have top centre-halves at the time as well". Henry, Liverpool's principal owner, has no doubt about Van Dijk's importance, with the American retweeting a tweet after this game that said, "75 percent of the Earth is covered by water. It's just a good moment for Liverpool, so let's enjoy that".

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