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Van Dijk is Liverpool’s key man in Klopp’s book

14 March 2019, 06:55 | Anna Jefferson

APLiverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

Liverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do".

And in the UEFA Champions League 2018-19 second leg against Bayern Munich, the Senegalese star fired a brace at the Allianz Arena to help Liverpool reach the quarterfinals of the competition.

Name a better centre-half in world football right now than Virgil van Dijk.

On a night were Liverpool had many outstanding performers, Klopp also paid tribute to Sadio Mane, scorer of the first goal.

In-form Sadio Mane's double was added to by a towering Virgil van Dijk header - Mane's first was an undoubted Goal of the Season contender - with Joel Matip's first-half own goal ultimately proving meaningless.

Virgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross
GETTY IMAGESVirgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross

The 27-year-old was imperious in defence, too.

"You need to give him so much respect, he's a fantastic striker", Van Dijk said. Liverpool got precisely what they paid for: the best. Whilst Liverpool failed to keep a clean sheet, he nullified Bundesliga's top scorer Robert Lewandowski. He has brought the same defensive organisation, but with more time and space to use his ball-playing abilities, he has also enabled Liverpool to be more dynamic playing out from the back. 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.

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.

Liverpool will be in the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League tomorrow. Messi was instrumental during Barca's 5-1 Nou Camp win against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring twice and creating the others for the Spanish champions, while Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in Turin 24 hours earlier was just the latest chapter in the Juventus forward's incredible Champions League story.

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