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

James Milner

James Milner

For Van Dijk, who spoke to Dutch outlet Veronica TV after scoring his third goal in four games, there is one side he would prefer to take on, though he joked it would "probably" be a fellow Premier League 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.

In the last three seasons Liverpool have faced German clubs, they have won the tie and gone on to reach the final: the Champions League in 2005, the Europa League in 2016 and also last season.

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.

Asked about the 27-year-old's performance, Klopp said: "It was brilliant".

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And Johnson says he would've loved to play with van Dijk during his career.

"In the first half we scored an outstanding goal - wow - and by half-time time everybody knew it would not be easy for Munich, and that is important information for the opponent after they were happy with a 0-0 at Anfield". Whilst Liverpool failed to keep a clean sheet, he nullified Bundesliga's top scorer Robert Lewandowski. "To lose the captain that early was hard but we dealt with it well". Hummels reads the game well, but his lack of pace is his and Bayern's Achilles' heel, while Sule is strong and athletic but cumbersome with the ball at his feet.

"Well, hopefully", replied Van Dijk.

Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point, but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy. "He is a massive threat". We didn't play our best but it's about getting a result. The Bavarians, who had reached the Champions League quarter-finals or better in each of the last seven seasons, needed a second with Liverpool heading through on the away goals rule.

When he was told after the 3-0 win, which secured a 3-2 aggregate victory for the Italians, that Juve had never managed such a comeback in the Champions League, Ronaldo said, "Maybe that's why they signed me".

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