Glum Bayern boss Kovac eyes domestic double after European exit

Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Al

It is too soon to start talking of a return to English domination of the Champions League but the quality at the top end of the Premier League this season is unrivalled.

Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk has been one of the Premier League's most consistent performers this season.

The odds looked to be stacked against Liverpool with Bayern going into the contest in such good form, but after a nervy beginning to the game for both sides, it was the Merseyside outfit who took the lead. We haven't struggled psychologically because we are not ahead of them any more.

Stat: Man City have taken 10 points from the last 4 games between the teams.

"They were better in these two matches and we deserved to lose".

Liverpool nullified their German opponents with a dominant performance, sending them through to the quarter-finals.

City have drawn domestic opposition in Tottenham but that, in itself, puts a different perspective on their April schedule.

And following the 3-1 defeat in Munich, Kovac complained about the magnitude of his counterpart's spending in comparison to his own, and highlighted the financial muscle of Premier League as a concern for clubs in Germany.

Bayern defender David Alaba reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz
Bayern defender David Alaba reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz

"We still have two titles to fight for".

"Even we as the Bundesliga forerunners did not do that". Stay in that mood and everything will be fine.

Liverpool's outlay for Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho in 2018 came to £242million and they also pulled out of a £53m deal for Lyon's France playmaker Nabil Fekir last August.

Not that the manager hears them.

"You can't imagine how less interested I am in that", he told the media when asked about leaving a legacy at Liverpool.

Despite all the focus on Manchester City chasing a quadruple, Liverpool are still pursuing a Premier League-Champions League double - something not achieved since Manchester United managed it in 2008 - and with Van Dijk in such peerless form, you can not write them off. My job is to do whatever I can to help the team be as successful as possible, not searching to be remembered in 50 years when people speak about me.

He added: "I'm not interested in who judges me".

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