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Liverpool takes Bayern to school

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“Three-quarters of the Etihad Stadium fell silent, stunned. Some made for the exits, others searched for someone, anyone, to blame. The rest got ready to party” Neil Jones.

For those not of a Reds persuasion that was the outcome of a two legged Champions League meeting between Liverpool and Manchester City last season with the reds winning by 5:1 stunningly.

Manchester City endured a blitzing performance home and away against Jurgen Klopp’s ever onward Bandwagon.

No matter the form, mindset or group of players the love affair between the Reds of Merseyside and the Champions League continues to be a long and dazzling one.

Questions were asked, the Reds gave THE answer.

Could they go away to the Allianz Arena and get something?

Klopp’s boys answered with an emphatic performance brimming of maturity and class.

“I really think the most important job of football is entertaining the people,” Klopp

“Because it’s only football, it’s nothing else. We don’t save lives, we don’t create anything, we are not good in surgeries, we are only good in football.

Well Jurgen you certainly did a surgery on the Bavarian bosses tactics.

The Reds were dominant from the get go, they played with flourish, they played with gusto, they played like a team who knew they were always going to win.

Niko Kovac’s side were brutally exposed, the Reds made them look slow, sloppy and even worse they were terrified at each Liverpool attack.

They looked almost relieved at the final whistle.

Before the game Franz Beckenbauer, a Bayern legend, had spoken glowingly about Klopp. He was “the one who taught the Germans how to play football quickly”. They’d love him as their manager, Beckenbauer said.

And on this evidence for good reason. Liverpool’s German manager is known by most in the game for his gegenpressing style of football.

But on Wednesday he showcased an underrated part of his game, a tactical acumen that showed Bayern up at the grandest of stages.

On the night there were many heroes for the Reds on the pitch; Sadio Mane-what a player, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and latter addition Fabinho dominated a star studded Bayern Midfield. Mohammed Salah’s marauding down the left flank terrified the Bavarians all night long, Roberto Firmino led the press. And oh Virgil…Virgil Van Dijk was Colossal, prompting the traveling Reds to chant “watch him defend and we watch him score”

Liverpool made the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Manuel Neuer, all great players look average at best as the Red machine strutted its stuff before them.

No one wants to meet Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in the next stage of the Champions League, why? Because…

ON THAT DAY (March 13, 2019 in Munich), Liverpool took Bayern Munich to school.

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Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)https://fokawrites.com
Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante is an avid reader, kopite, web designer/developer, journalist and sports writer. He is an art and poetry lover, whose favorite pastime is to watch his beloved REDS conquer all of England, Europe and the World. P.S. Not necessarily in that order.
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