Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool are back where we belong

Ross Houston
March 14, 2019

After a goalless first leg, Liverpool made the trip to Germany to face the reigning Bundesliga title-holders and five-time European champions, genuine heavyweights in this competition.

Despite all the focus on Manchester City chasing a quadruple, Liverpool are still pursuing a Premier League-Champions League double - something not achieved since Manchester United managed it in 2008 - and with Van Dijk in such peerless form, you can not write them off. But if they do go all the way in the Champions League, nobody will be more important to them than Van Dijk.

They were helped out in that quest before half time however, as Liverpool defender Joel Matip put into his own net to level the scores, but after the break Jurgen Klopp's men seized control.

"Yes, we know the team we have, the quality we have, what we can give", Fabinho told Esporte Interativo. If Barcelona comes here, if Real Madrid comes here, Manchester City, it is not that they expect to win.

"It's a hard place to come".

"They closed us down well". 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. After that Liverpool was the better team.

"You have to find different ways". Liverpool, however, kept up the pressure and were rewarded when Dutchman Van Dijk grabbed his third goal in his last four appearances in all competitions. We found that and that makes me feel really proud and happy.

So, English football is back, capped by Liverpool's victory in Munich on Wednesday night, but is the Premier League ready, once again, to dominate the Champions League?

"I had a lot of duels, not just with the one player, and it was very hard because I was alone sometimes, and I didn't have help also and I couldn't do some things". Liverpool nullified their German opponents with a dominant performance, sending them through to the quarter-finals.

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