Liverpool are through to the quarter finals of the champions league after beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in the return leg of round of sixteen to complete a clean sweep for English Premier League clubs in the league.
Goals from Sadio Mane who scored a brace and Virgil Van Dijk were enough to give the Reds the deserved victory at Allianz Arena.
The result means at least half of the teams in the quarter final draw are from the premier league and two could face each other in the last eight.
Then there were four. It was 2009 when English football last made up half of a Champions League quarter-final draw. Liverpool were first through the door that time, beating arguably the greatest name in European football; Real Madrid.
That was good. This, if anything, was better. This was one of the finest results by any English club in Europe, given that Liverpool had drawn the home leg.
Liverpool’s forwards are far superior – particularly Sadio Mane in his current form – and Munich’s defence was never as comfortable as they had appeared at Anfield. Add to this Tottenham’s home and away wins over Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City’s ten goal aggregate against Schalke and this was an emphatic statement by English football – but Liverpool’s win was the pick of the bunch.
The quarter final draw will be held tomorrow at 2pm in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be assessed ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 second-leg home tie with Rennes.
The midfielder took part in a warm-up with the rest of the Arsenal squad in training yesterday but has been struggling with a mild back strain.
He played the full 90 minutes of the first-leg tie away to Rennes last week but was not in the squad for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
Unai Emery’s side need to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Rennes in order to reach the quarter-finals.