Liverpool produced their best away performance in this season’s Champions League to knock out Bayern Munich but the win has come at a big cost.
Two goals from Sadio Mane and a towering header from Virgil van Dijk sealed the Reds’ passage into the quarter-finals after a 3-1 victory in Germany.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp has been presented with a major headache in the form of injured captain Jordan Henderson.
The Liverpool skipper suffered an early setback before Liverpool took the lead in their Champions League last-16 showdown at Bayern, as he hobbled off through injury.
Henderson appeared to land awkwardly after an aerial challenge with James Rodriguez and received treatment to his left ankle.
Although the England international tried to continue he was forced to make way for Fabinho during the 13th minute.
“It’s a big night with a little shadow that is Hendo’s twisted ankle,” Klopp said in his post-game press conference.
“We have to see. It looks serious enough, and when you have to change in the middle of the park it’s not ideal.
“That’s always a bad sign for a game, when you have to change early.
“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.”
Klopp’s men will now hope to go one better than last year’s Champions League campaign, where they battled through to the final before going down to Real Madrid.
Liverpool are also in the thick of the Premier League title race, trailing first-place Manhester City by just a point.
However, with huge matches against Tottenham and Chelsea coming up next month in the league, the injury to Henderson is the last thing Klopp needs.
Mane keeps red-hot form going
Mane’s brilliant opener was cancelled out by Joel Matip’s own goal before halftime but Van Dijk’s first Champions League goal for the club and another from Mane put the issue beyond doubt.
“We set the bar for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on an international landscape of top football,” Klopp said.
“We all think that is where the club belongs and I am really happy about the result.
“I knew we had a chance and the boys made it happen and that is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”
There was very little in the performance which Klopp could take issue with, having gone into the game at 0-0.
“In a game like this you can never rest. It is absolutely deserved,” he said.
“It is so difficult to play here away at Bayern Munich.
“The first goal (for Mane), I will want to watch it back like 1,000 times.”
“The game didn’t look like Bayern ever outplayed us.”