Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool back as European force

Lewis Collier
March 14, 2019

Van Dijk (8.7) was yet again masterful at the heart of the Reds' defence, scoring the all-important second goal for good measure. "Important money-wise but also confidence-wise", Klopp told reporters.

An elated Jürgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool had put themselves back on the map of world football with their hugely convincing victory against Bayern Munich in Germany. We set a mark for LFC tonight that we are back on the global landscape as a football club.

Liverpool, who have slipped behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race in recent weeks, had lost all their away games in the Champions League competition this season prior to Wednesday.

Liverpool knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in the last 16 stage and became the fourth team from the Premier League to reach the last eight of this season's competition. "We conceded one, but everyone could see it was possible [for us to win]". 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.

"It's a big step for us". Van Dijk possesses all of the strengths of Hummals and Sule but none of the weaknesses, and he did not give Lewandowski an inch of space all night. I'm really happy about the result.

The Bayern manager highlighted the set-piece goal as a turning point in the match.

"Sadio is on fire".

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

Sadio Mane broke the deadlock in the tie, following a goalless first leg on Merseyside, with a brilliant solo effort at the Allianz Arena.

Jurgen Klopp praised Virgil van Dijk's impact on Liverpool's season and feels the best is yet to come as the club's fight on two fronts continues.

Bayern went above Dortmund and back to the top of the Bundesliga last weekend for the first time since September.

Despite starting on the bench for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian player soon had the responsibility of replacing club captain Jordan Henderson, and did a good job even with all the pressure on the game.

"But at home, and the reason we all thought they were favourites, you'd expect them to be pushing again, but they didn't".

Liverpool will discover their quarterfinal opponents when the draw is held in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

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