Sadio Mane was the star as Liverpool beat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 3-1 in the Champions League round of 16 at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich could hardly have been in better form heading into their Champions League round of 16 second leg with Liverpool at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarian giants had been playing their best football since Niko Kovac took over last summer, winning 12 of their last 13 Bundesliga games, beating Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg by an aggregate score of 11-1 and overtaking Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table despite being nine points behind just a month ago.

But all that progress unravelled when their old nemesis Jurgen Klopp returned to town.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield, in-form Bayern were the favourites. But they collapsed in spectacular style in front of their own supporters, the electric Sadio Mane scoring twice either side of a towering Virgil van Dijk header to seal a famous 3-1 win in Munich.

And while Kovac appeared to have silenced the doubters in recent weeks, the angry mob have picked up their pitchforks once again.

This is a Bayern team in transition, made up of exciting youngsters and former stars past their best. Maneul Neuer, Mats Hummels and Franck Ribery are a shadow of their former selves and it will take time before Bayern are a European force again.

But, as we all know, patience is in short supply these days.

 

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