Klopp says Liverpool are among Europe's elite again

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We played at home, but that wasn't our game and that's why they beat us. I am really happy about the result and the fact that we are through.

Despite all the focus on Manchester City chasing a quadruple, Liverpool are still pursuing a Premier League-Champions League double - something not achieved since Manchester United managed it in 2008 - and with Van Dijk in such peerless form, you can not write them off.

"This is important for where we want to get to".

They know how much Liverpool have been indebted to Mane recently, and were quick to praise him once again once the full time whistle had sounded.

As a team, Liverpool appeared to struggle with their short passing and hit their intended target with 67 per cent of such passes according to UEFA's post-match stats-but 87 per cent of their medium range passes found their man.

"It is not about playing free-flowing football because that is not possible against a side of this quality, you have to find different ways and we found them".

"I wouldn't like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special".

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What makes him even more impressive is that Liverpool aren't a side who shuts up shop and hopes for a break in attack.

"It's massive, a big step for us", said Klopp.

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But while the Senegalese forward maintained his hot streak by taking his recent goal haul to 10 in 10 games with his double against Bayern - and remarkably half of all 16 goals the Merseysiders have scored in their eight games since the start of February - the real star of the show for Liverpool was Van Dijk. "We impressed them massively". Manuel Neuer, at one time considered to be the top goalkeeper in the world, has not been at his best since returning from a foot injury. Whilst Liverpool failed to keep a clean sheet, he nullified Bundesliga's top scorer Robert Lewandowski. "I am not like this".

Time will tell "where this is taking us when it comes to this season's campaign. It's just a good moment for Liverpool and let's enjoy that".

Bayern knew they had to be more adventurous than they had been at Anfield, but they were suffocated by Liverpool's intense pressing in the first half.

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