Reds back at Europe's top table

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not Manchester City will struggle if they have to chase them in the title race

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not Manchester City will struggle if they have to chase them in the title race

The England global will not recover in time for this weekend's game at Craven Cottage, with Liverpool not in action again until they host Tottenham at the end of the month.

But is this season's repeat a sign of England's resurgence on the biggest stage? In fact, having allowed 17 goals thus far, they are now on pace to concede just 21 goals by the end of the campaign, which would make them the best Premier League defense since Chelsea in 2004/05! As teams continue to pass out from the back rather than boot it upfield, defenders have overtaken the passing charts, claiming seven of the top-10 spots.

The past six seasons, though, have been somewhat disappointing for English sides, the only finalists being Liverpool last season.

"They know it's a very, very tough place to come". "It wasn't a bitter exit like in the past years (to Real Madrid)".

"We have to see".

"It is a compliment to Liverpool, but Bayern have done most things right in the last 10 or 15 years without making many mistakes".

How are the English sides equipped?

"I'd like to think teams have that respect for us". It is the third time in history that four English teams will be in the quarterfinals.

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.

The Senegal global scored twice at the Allianz, his first a wonderful turn to deceive Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer which team-mate James Milner described as "ridiculous", to take his tally to 10 in as many matches.

While the direct comparison has prompted questions on German football's global standing following also their shock first round World Cup exit a year ago, Bayern coach Niko Kovac will only occupy himself with how his team can win the domestic silverware on offer.

They have become more solid at the back and brought in nearly £100m worth of midfielders in Fabinho and Naby Keita.

To make matters worse the Reds are in strong form, unbeaten in 11 matches and recently enjoying a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich to progress in the Champions League.

Manchester United are a team reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, securing a 3-1 win at Paris St-Germain with an injury-hit team to go through on away goals. "We trained with him there in that position - we wanted to, not to rest Fabinho, but we wanted to bring in fresh legs and Hendo had fresh legs but unfortunately that didn't help with the ankle".

"But when the players played, they all did well".

It is a bleaker picture in Germany as Bayern's exit leaves no Bundesliga club in the quarters for the first time since 2005-2006, as Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 also bowed out in the last 16.

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