Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has told ESPN FC that he thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side were ‘atrocious’ and their progression was more down to how poor Bayern Munich played.
The Reds secured their place in the quarter-final with a 3-1 win in the Allianz Arena.
A brace from Sadio Mane and a goal from Virgil van Dijk ensured a comfortable passage into the last eight.
It meant that the Premier League will account for half of the teams left in the competition when the draw is made on Friday.
Klopp will hope that his side can go one better this season having lost in last year’s final to Real Madrid.
Nicol wasn’t impressed however and the man who netted 37 goals in 343 games clearly believes they will need to improve.
He told ESPN FC: “I thought Liverpool on the ball in this game overall, I thought they were atrocious. They were as bad as I’ve ever seen.
“The truth is I don’t think Bayern knew what they wanted to do, clearly in the first leg they sat and gave nothing away but tonight they just sat and waited.”
The ex-Reds performed did concede that stats prove to count for very little in football.
He continued: “If you look at the stats, the only reason they had more possession was that Liverpool kept giving them the ball.
“If just goes to show you that stats don’t mean anything, and the only thing that matters is the scoreline, and Liverpool won 3-1.”
These comments are certainly quite bizarre from a man who played so many games for Liverpool.
The Reds’ performance, to score three goals at Bayern, will go down as a solid showing.
Okay, they might need to improve against say Barcelona or Juventus but this was a magnificent win for the Reds.
To say they were ‘atrocious’ is slightly untoward but quite clearly Nicol is a perfectionist in the art of performance levels.