Following Liverpool’s emphatic 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich, we have picked out a number of eye-catching statistics from the game.
The Reds secured a memorable result on Wednesday night, overcoming the Bundesliga giants with relative ease to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Here are some of the best stats from Liverpool’s latest European triumph.
Mane’s Incredible Away Record in Europe
Mane is in supreme form at the moment, scoring 10 goals in as many matches and proving to be the Reds’ most important attacking player.
His double on Wednesday made all the difference and his aforementioned first of the night was a Goal of the Season contender.
Remarkably, Liverpool haven’t played a game in which Mane hasn’t scored one of their goals for just over two months, according to analyst Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed).
That dates all the way back to January 12, when Klopp’s men ran out 1-0 winners at Brighton, thanks to Mohamed Salah‘s penalty.
Mane has also now scored seven away goals in the Champions League—the most from a player in Liverpool’s history, including in the European Cup.
Monstrous Van Dijk
We are starting to run out of superlatives for Van Dijk.
The centre-back has been comfortably Liverpool’s Player of the Year and he seems to be getting better with each game that passes.
The 27-year-old was his usual imperious self at the Allianz, dominating Robert Lewandowski and even scoring at the other end.
Van Dijk won 100 percent of his aerial duels and tackles, made five clearances and three interceptions, and registered a goal and an assist—the first defender to achieve the latter two feats in the same game this season.
Not a bad night at the office, away to one of Europe’s true powerhouses. Truly world class.
Superb Defensive Effort
Bayern may not quite be the team that defeated Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund back in 2013, but getting past them was always going to be a big ask for Liverpool.
Despite the plethora of attacking talent they possess, however, from Lewandowski to Franck Ribery, they found it almost impossible to breach a sturdy Reds back line.
Over the two legs, they managed just two shots on target in 180 minutes, as Liverpool rarely looked troubled at any point.
One of those was a comfortable save by Alisson from David Alaba’s free-kick, while a tame Lewandowski effort was the other.
Salah’s Input Still Noticeable
Salah has lost his goalscoring touch of late, not finding the net in any of his last six appearances for Liverpool.
The Reds’ No. 11 was a menace throughout against Bayern and his beautiful outside-of-the-foot cross allowed Mane to head home his second goal late on.
It means Salah has a combined total of 28 goals and assists this season—20 goals, eight assists—with only four players in Europe enjoying a better tally.
Karim Benzema has 30 to his name, former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has 35, Cristiano Ronaldo is second on 36 and Lionel Messi leads the way with a freakish 56.
Klopp’s Remarkable Knockout Record
Klopp may be mocked by rival supporters for supposedly being a ‘bottler’ in major finals, but they are kidding nobody.
While the German has admittedly fallen short too often in showcase events of late, his record in Europe at Liverpool is sensational.
This is the third European campaign Klopp has taken charge of at Anfield and he is still yet to lose a single two-legged knockout tie.
What an incredible manager Liverpool have.
And One More for Fun…
Van Dijk is earning acclaim from all corners of the footballing world, with many shocked by just how dominant his performances are.
This ‘stat’, courtesy of owner John W. Henry, nicely sums up the impact the former Southampton man is having at Anfield…
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) March 13, 2019
It might be correct, you know!