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joy in germany Liverpool back where we belong with defeat of Bayern, Klopp says
Rana|March. 14, 2019
Liverpool have taken a huge step towards rejoining European football’s elite by defeating Bayern Munich, manager Jurgen Klopp says.
The Reds booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday evening with a superb victory at the Allianz Arena, with all four English sides who entered the competition reaching the last eight.
Sadio Mane netted twice with Virgil van Dijk adding another as Liverpool made an admittedly less than vintage Bayern look well below average, despite Klopp’s side not even playing at their best.
Nonetheless, Bayern are considered European heavyweights and were genuine contenders for this season’s European Cup, and Liverpool rocking up in Germany and winning so emphatically in their backyard says much about the Anfield club.
Klopp is of the same opinion, with the Liverpool manager believing the club are now returning to the top table of European football.
“It’s massive, a big step for us,” said Klopp.
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“We will see what we can do with it but it’s still fantastic for us that Liverpool as a club, we really are back for the last games of international top football.
“We all feel that’s where this club belongs and we proved it at least a little bit.
“There are some places in the world where whichever team would struggle. If Barcelona comes here, if Real Madrid comes here, Manchester City, it is not that they expect to win. They know it is a very tough place to come.
“But we kept them as often as possible away from our goal. I don’t know about the statistics, but my impression is that there were not too many difficult situations in and around our box.
“It’s the first step to win a game like this. Playing your best football, free-flowing, is not possible against this team because you cannot use your speed really.
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