Liverpool have hit their German counterparts with a mini-mini falling star as the pair of Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk took the Reds past a forlorn-looking Bayern Munich team.
There is that thin line between fear and respect and Bayern were on the wrong side of it as they cowered in fear and submission to Liverpool’s irresistible Gegenpressing.
However, Liverpool didn’t get their win offered to them on a plate. A goalless draw in the first forty-five minutes was going to be a knife-edge but the Reds caused the Bavarians some pains with two first half goals.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring register in the 26th minute with a stunning solo finish having received well a full-flighted pass from Virgil Van Dijk in what could well turn out to be a goal contender for Champions League goal of the season.
Bayern could have thought themselves back in the tie when Joel Matip scored an own goal. However, prior to that Henderson who Klopp had started ahead of Fabinho came off the pitch with a knock with the latter needing to come on for injured Henderson.
In spite of losing their captain, Liverpool were compact and controlled pretty much of the game shoving their opponents aside and forcing ideas, wit and creativity off the top of their heads and away from their boots.
In the 69th-minute, the Reds struck again. This time via the head of Van Dijk who rose above Matt Hummels and Javi Martinez to guide the ball past Manuel Neuer having received a cross from James Milner.
Bayern needed something spectacular to turn the game on its head but Liverpool had other plans and Mohammed Salah who improved as the game wore on flickered a cross from the outside of his boot to Mane as the Senegalese headed home calmly.
Mane has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 outings and looks in-form at the moment, scoring stylish goals and giving his opponents a bit of a headache on plans to mark him out.
Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool it ended.
Liverpool have now progressed to the last-eight of the competition via a 3-1 aggregate scoreline having played a goalless draw in the first leg