Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Robert Lewandowski: Bayern Munich didn't take enough risks against Liverpool

Robert Lewandowski: Bayern Munich didn't take enough risks against Liverpool

"I want to congratulate Liverpool", said a glum-faced Kovac. I knew we had a chance but I didn't expect it would happen, but the boys made it happen and it was really brilliant.

Sadio Mane scored twice to send Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last-16 on Thursday (NZT). Hummels reads the game well, but his lack of pace is his and Bayern's Achilles' heel, while Sule is strong and athletic but cumbersome with the ball at his feet.

The Senegal worldwide also headed in Liverpool's third of the night for his 10th goal in as many games in all competitions for the Merseyside club.

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

Despite starting on the bench for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian player soon had the responsibility of replacing club captain Jordan Henderson, and did a good job even with all the pressure on the game. But if they do go all the way in the Champions League, nobody will be more important to them than Van Dijk.

The Reds may not have always been at their very best on the ball at the Allianz Arena, but they pulled off a performance that outlined their growing maturity. Not a lot of teams have on their cards an away win at Munich.

With Mohamed Salah struggling to replicate his goal-scoring feats of last season, Mane has stepped up a gear.

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Mane now has 19 for the season, just one fewer than the Egypt global, having taken on the goalscoring burden in the last three months.

'He knows it, everybody knows it.

"You have to stay in a game, be really stable and have answers to all the questions, change things, use different tools".

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'Remind me after the season and I will sing my own song about Sadio Mane if you like.

The Polish forward was this season's top scorer in the Champions League ahead of the meeting but fired off just two shots in the entire 180 minute tie, thanks to the work of Virgil Van Dijk and the Reds' defence.

'Hendo's twisted ankle, we have to see.

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