Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mane deserves place in Premier League elite - Wijnaldum

Mane deserves place in Premier League elite - Wijnaldum

The England worldwide was forced off after just 13 minutes of the Reds 3-1 away victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday - a result that sealed their place in the quarter-finals.

Manchester City will have a game in hand but Klopp pointed out that they could face a tough run-in with games against third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and local rivals Manchester United in April.

But is this season's repeat a sign of England's resurgence on the biggest stage?

But Mourinho admitted that the prospect of a Barcelona versus Juventus quarterfinal tie - and a mouthwatering match-up of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - would deprive the competition of what would be a special semi-final or final later down the line.

Liverpool remain a team few will want to be pitted against in Friday's quarter-final draw due to their recent record in the competition.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes team-mate Sadio Mane deserves to be in the same bracket as the Premier League's top strikers. "We got the job done and now it's on to the last eight". "It wasn't a bitter exit like in the past years (to Real Madrid)".

"Lewandowski was left with little doubt that the team's tactics were to blame".

How are the English sides equipped? "It helped us a lot for the game against Munich".

"The season means for us that we have to play two competitions - on Wednesday it was Champions League, from now on for a couple of weeks it's Premier League".

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Since then they have replaced goalkeeper Loris Karius with one of the world's best, Alisson.

Chelsea's reward for seeing off Liverpool was a clash against Barcelona, and a battling display in the Nou Camp sent both sides back to Stamford Bridge goalless for the second leg. Their last loss came against Wolves, when they lost 2-1 in the FA Cup.

No doubt, the argument will again crop up that Bayern's domination of the Bundesliga does not prepare them for high-pressure Champions League games. "It's going quite good right now".

For the first time since 2006, there will be no German club in the quarter-finals and for the first time since 2011, Bayern have failed to advance past the Champions League's last 16.

Matip has two huge months ahead of him to show he has the quality to start for a side chasing football's biggest prizes. "We have 73 points and each goal we scored brought us there", added Klopp.

Is there a downside to this English success?

"And when he gets the hard chances, he puts them away".

"I'd like English teams to play against each other".

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