Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac was forced to admit in the wake of his side’s Champions League exit that Liverpool were far superior in last night’s tie.

A brace from Sadio Mane and a headed goal from Virgil van Dijk were enough to dump Bayern out of the competition.

And Kovac, whose tactics were criticised by striker Robert Lewandowski after the match, claimed his team just weren’t up to scratch at the Allianz Arena yesterday.

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“We were up against very, very strong opponents,” Kovac admitted. “I’d like to congratulate Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. They were the better team over the two matches.

“We kept the contest open until Liverpool’s second goal. You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this.

“They closed us down well. We didn’t manage to play calmly and set up Lewandowski, that’s why it was a deserved defeat.”

He added: “Our opponents attacked very early and at a high pace, we tried to use our full-backs to attack,” he continued.

“We didn’t succeed because our opponents did a really good job, whereas we didn’t have our best day.

“Liverpool are a top team. They were finalists last year and are among the top teams in the Premier League. They exposed our limitations.”

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