Glum Bayern boss Kovac eyes domestic double after European exit

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They joined fellow English sides Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United in the quarter-final draw, with Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus and Porto making up the last eight. Still, the sting of failing to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in eight years will be felt for some time.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen didn't hold back in his praise for Mane after Wednesday night's 3-1 victory over Bayern.

"That's what you want".

The Reds played Porto in the Champions League past year, winning 5-0 on aggregate during their last-16 tie.

While British lawmakers will now vote on Thursday to decide whether Brexit should be postponed beyond the deadline, Liverpool ensured its own participation in European competition will continue into April.

Instead, what was served up was a rather dour affair, littered with errors from both sides and an inability to keep possession.

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The past six seasons, though, have been somewhat disappointing for English sides, the only finalists being Liverpool last season.

And this is exactly what they did as a brace from Sadio Mane and one goal from Virgil Van Dijk ensured that Liverpool breezed into the quarter-finals. It's clear that you can analyse and take something from the game, but we can't use it as a template.

The purchase of van Dijk has proven to be a fantastic move for the club, and the impact he has had on Liverpool's long-maligned defense has been irrefutable.

With little transfer investment in the summer and none in the winter, Kovac was forced to make do with an ageing Bayern squad, the oldest in the league, which was screaming for an overhaul. Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Jurgen Klopp's team made a decision to almost double the previous record, dishing out a whopping £75 million for Van Dijk - unheard-of money for a defender.

"He's an outstanding player, it is unbelievable how he did", Klopp said of Matip. "I don't want to say what it is", Babel told The Times.

"So they managed to surprise me", he continued. "Juergen Klopp is good at neutralizing the opponents' strengths and he did that once again". Ousmane Dembele, Phillipe Coutinho and Gerard Pique were also among the scorers in the 5-1 drubbing. In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all reached the quarter-finals. All the stories will be written, but we will accept them because it means we won the game.

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