Liverpool vice-captain James Milner was very pleased with his team’s performance at Munich last night. Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena last night to eliminate them from the Champions League in front of their own fans.
Milner donned the captain’s armband after Jordan Henderson had to leave the pitch due to an ankle injury. He gave a fine performance throughout the game and was particularly good during the second half when he frequently got forward.
Following the match, Milner told BT Sport, “I thought it was a good performance away from home in Europe against a good team. It’s never easy, they are going to have spells on top. We didn’t play our best but it’s about getting a result. We defended pretty well, didn’t give them too much, and the front three were outstanding again.”
Milner also heaped praise on Sadio Mane who is currently in outstanding form. The Senegal winger gave Liverpool the lead in the 25th minute after collecting van Dijk’s cross and dribbling it past Manuel Neuer before chipping the ball into an open goal.
Mane eventually added a second after heading in from Mohamed Salah’s cross. Sadio Mane now has 10 goals in his last 10 matches across all competitions.
Milner said of Mane’s performance, “Sadio is on fire. The first goal was ridiculous really, how he has finished it off – the calmness and the finish. He is on fire at the moment and hopefully that continues for the rest of the season.”
Milner also praised Liverpool’s mindset for the way they adapted with Fabinho coming on early as a substitute for Henderson. The former England international said, “It says a lot about the team and the boys on the bench ready to come on, the squad we’ve got. Obviously you work leading up to the game on a plan and how you’re going to play. To lose the captain that early was difficult but we dealt with it well, Fab came on and did very well.
We’ve got quality all through the squad and that’s what you need when you’re playing against these sorts of teams and in this competition.”
Liverpool next play Fulham on Sunday at Craven Cottage.
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