Royalty Restoration: Liverpool were made for nights like Munich

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If Liverpool had to choose one venue, it would be Anfield.

As chance will have it, like Marseille in 2007 and Manchester in 2018,  the Reds adopted the Allianz Arena to create another memorable night of European football in the club’s history.

On the cusp of what would be an ill-fated cup exit, Jurgen Klopp led the Reds army against the north of Bavarian Alps and left Niko Kovac stranded in front of over 60,000 fans.

Liverpool, having failed to inspire through the group stages needed more than resolve to get a result in another clime. This time, Sadio Mane, with a composed finish and a bird man header plus Virgil Van Dijk were enough to refill Liverpool’s royalty.

No thanks to the away goal rule though, the fixture was evenly poised after the first leg ended goalless at Merseyside. On the return trip, the Reds knew all they had to do was get a scored draw just as the Bavarians didn’t lack the confidence to beat their opponents.

The proceedings erupted intensity from both ends of the Arena as they cautiously set up to attack and use all their might to defend as well. For the two sides, the pressure was high up the field and recovery was in full gear at the back.

Thanks to the sight of Messi, a look at the other screen doused the tension for those who watched on TV while the story isn’t the same for those who made the trip to Germany.

Back to the matter, the differences between Bayern Munich and Liverpool on Wednesday night were concentration and cutting edge. Just as it were in the first leg, which failed to produce a goal.

Both teams set up with the same formation; a back four, three-man midfield and a trio of forwards up front. However, the interpretation of roles had a slight impact and was Liverpool’s cutting edge.

Robert Firminho, as usual, dropped deeper to join the midfield, leaving Mo Salah and Mane in what looks like a two-edged sword two-man attack; one to the left and the other to the right. Even though the Brazilian could not orchestrate as much as he likes to, long balls and dead balls; which were remnants of chances created were enough to shut down Bayern.

At the other end, Robert Lewandoski, Frank Ribbery and Serge Gnabry only posed higher threats than the torment they pulled off. Ironically, Gnabry had a better game at Anfield than he had at Allianz Arena. For Lewy, nothing could really be dotted about him.

The back four of Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson put a foot wrongly once in the game, and that was the only opportunity that resulted in a goal for Bayern.

It was just another night for Liverpool, completing the quartet of the English teams in the quarter finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008. It won’t get any easier from there.

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