Robert Lewandowski SLAMS Niko Kovac after Bayern Munich slump to Liverpool loss

Liverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

Sadio Mane's inspired spinning finish inside 26 minutes delivered just what the Reds were after and allowed them to seize control of a heavyweight encounter.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk then turned the tie completely in his side's favour when he rose above everyone else in the penalty area and headed in James Milner's corner kick to score his first ever Champions League goal.

"Scoring three here is really hard - actually we scored four because we scored the other one as well!" he told a post-match news conference.

"It's a big step for us". That makes me really proud and happy because I think this club deserves recognition and awareness again.

And in doing so, he set an all-time goalscoring record for the Anfield 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

"In both games maybe we risked too little and maybe that is why we are out". 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. Andy Robertson also picked up a booking in stoppage time that means he will miss the first leg of the quarter-finals but they were the only blemishes on an otherwise impeccable night for Klopp's team. "So young, so strong, already so mature". We didn't play our best but it's about getting a result.

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

"We have the Bundesliga and also a lot of games in the cup and we're still in the game". There are some places in world football that whatever team comes here - Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona - they wouldn't expect to win it.

Klopp enjoyed many memorable battles at the Allianz Arena as Borussia Dortmund boss, often coming off on the losing side, but he insisted revenge did not figure in his emotions after an accomplished job well done. It's not sweeter for me because it's Bayern.

"We were playing at home but that wasn't our game today and that's why Liverpool beat us". That doesn't bring me anything.

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