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Published: 08:18 | 14/3/19

Klopp: Reds back where they belong


Liverpool are back where they belong after beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp has declared.

After the sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Anfield, Liverpool went into Wednesday's game knowing victory or a score draw would be enough to see them advance to the quarter-finals.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Reds and, while Andy Robertson scored an own goal to give Bayern Munich a glimmer of hope, Virgil van Dijk and another goal from Mane sealed an impressive 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena.

Klopp was delighted with his side's effort and believes they have now returned to the 'landscape of top international football'.

"Scoring three here is really difficult, that's massive, and a big step for us," said Klopp.

"We will see what we can do with it, but it's a fantastic sign. I love it. We set a mark for LFC with this wonderful club that we really are back on the landscape of top international football.

"We all think that's where this club belongs and tonight we proved it at least a bit. I am really happy about the result and the fact we are through.

"There are some places in world football where whatever team comes, whether it's Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, they know it is a very tough place.

"It's not about playing your best free-flowing football, that's not possible against this quality because you cannot use your speed really because the other team is quick as well. It's not a massive advantage. You have to find different ways and tonight we found them.

"That makes me really proud and happy because I really think this club deserves the awareness again. We are back, it's so good. We have a lot to improve and develop and a lot to learn but we are back and I like that fact."

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