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Virgil van Dijk's Statistics From Bayern Munich Game Are Unbelievable

Virgil van Dijk's Statistics From Bayern Munich Game Are Unbelievable”

The Reds headed to the German giants with it all to do in the second leg, after failing to break the deadlock back at Anfield three weeks ago.

Liverpool are now in the hat for Friday's Champions League quarter-final/semi-final draw.

While many may consider Mane to have been Man-of-the-Match, Van Dijk managed to put in another colossal performance in defence.

Van Dijk, who became the world's most expensive defender when he signed from Southampton last January for what now seems a bargain, at £75 million, quite simply makes his teammates better when he plays. He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his enormous value to this team.

Van Dijk will be expected to retain his spot in the starting XI against the Cottagers and Johnson believes he has mastered the art of defending.

"It's a really big night, not only for Liverpool but I think for England", said midfielder Wijnaldum.

Van Dijk was happy to help his side through to the quarter-finals.

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"So even playing away from home, we worked well during the week, we were confident for the game here". Only twice since 2010 has a team without Ronaldo or Messi won the Champions League - Chelsea in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013 - and it will take a great team, or an outstanding player, to prevent one of them from claiming another winners' medal this season.

"We were unlucky on their equaliser, but we got the job done and we're into the last eight".

In-form Mane pounced on a needless charge out of his goal by Manuel Neuer in his 100th Champions League appearance, to round the Bayern keeper with a superb turn before chipping his finish into the empty net in the 26th minute.

"What can I say?"

"I could write a book about his skills, his strength, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is".

The odds looked to be stacked against Liverpool with Bayern going into the contest in such good form, but after a nervy beginning to the game for both sides, it was the Merseyside outfit who took the lead.

"Today we didn't play like in the Bundesliga, of course I don't know why".



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