If Liverpool win the Premier League this season, it will be down to the defensive stability that has been instilled by Van Dijk - they have kept 17 clean sheets in 30 games - but his contribution in the Champions League has been more subtle.
His quality shined even more in contrast to Bayern's defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule. He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his vast value to this team.
"He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good". You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this.
The result ended a run of five successive Champions League defeats - including the final last May - away from Anfield and maintained Klopp's record of never having lost any of the nine two-legged European ties he has overseen as Liverpool manager in Europe.
The fact they went out at the last-16 stage for only the second time since 2011 said as much about Liverpool as it did about an ageing team in need of significant rebuilding.
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