By G9ija

Jose Mourinho says he did not expect Liverpool to dismantle Bayern Munich so comprehensively in the Champions League and believes they have laid down a real marker.

The Merseysiders failed to score in the first leg, which Mourinho felt gave Bayern the edge, but the Reds gave a stunning away performance to secure a 3-1 victory that puts them into the draw for the quarter-finals.

Mourinho was full of praise for Liverpool afterwards and says they can go all the way in the tournament, though he was equally surprised by how bad Bayern were and James Rodriguez in particular.

Reminded of his prediction that Bayern would win, Mourinho told Russia Today: ‘My analysis was based on Bayern tradition and Bayern I think for nine consecutive years they go to the quarter-final so I think it’s the first time in nine years that they don’t go.

By the other side I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure.

So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of course they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance. That puts them now in of course a good position for the Champions League fight. But I think also by the mental point of view maybe they are reborn and they can bring this kind of performance to the Premier League.

As good as Liverpool were, Mourinho was saddened to see Bayern deliver such a meek performance and felt the responsibility for that rested largely on the shoulders of James Rodriguez.

He continued: ‘Bayern was just sad to see. I think they buckled at every possible perspective. Liverpool was the team that brought the line up, Bayern was the team that kept the line back, big distance between the lines.

Robert Lewandowski too lonely. No pressure in the midfield. James Rodriguez absolutely lost, incapable of making any kind of pressing, any kind of game in between the lines or connection with the three attacking players. So I think really a sad performance from Bayern.

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