Liverpool enjoyed yet another memorable European night on Wednesday as they overcame Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League.
A brace from Sadio Mane and a thumping header from Virgil van Dijk cancelled out Joel Matip’s own goal, and ensured that the Reds’ European adventure continued.
There were a number of hugely encouraging performances for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, with the early injury to captain Jordan Henderson the only blot on an otherwise exceptional evening.
As usual there is plenty to be gleaned from the game, and Live4Liverpool has rounded up three things that can be learned from Liverpool’s tremendous win over Bayern.
Alexander-Arnold passes test with flying colours
Nothing seems to phase young Trent Alexander-Arnold, but you’d think the England international would have been a little nervous at lining up against one of the finest wingers in world football over the past 15 years in Franck Ribery.
He didn’t show it, though. The 20-year-old produced a masterclass of a performance to limit the Frenchman’s involvement and ensure that there would be no meaningful forays down the left flank for the hosts.
Ribery was eventually substituted, such was Alexander-Arnold’s dominance. The youngster then dealt with another phenomenal wideman in Kingsley Coman, who got very little joy from him as well.
Van Dijk’s star continues to rise
Alexander-Arnold was good, but there’s no doubt about who the best defender on the pitch was on Wednesday night. As is so often the case, Van Dijk simply bossed proceedings, with Bayern rarely making headway into the Liverpool box as a result of the big Dutchman.
He is the greatest defender in world football at the moment and this was another demonstration of why. Robert Lewandowski was barely in the game, with Van Dijk and Joel Matip keeping him almost entirely quiet.
The former’s massive header essentially sealed Liverpool’s passage through to the quarter finals, an apt reward for yet another dominant display by the former Southampton man.
Mane masterclass in Munich
Speaking of former Saints stars, Mane was absolutely superb at the Allianz Arena. Bayern just couldn’t live with him. He was simply unplayable and was hugely deserving of his brilliant brace.
His first goal was a moment of absolute genius. The way he latched onto the ball through so quickly and then proceeded to spin on a dime away from Manuel Neuer – one the best goalkeepers in the world, by the way – before finding the back of the net with a great finish, was phenomenal.
He took his second goal terrifically as well, powering a header past the aforementioned Bayern shot-stopper. When he is in this kind of form all you can do is watch him and enjoy.