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

Ross Houston
March 14, 2019

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

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.

Sadio Mane displayed "ridiculous" skill while scoring Liverpool's first goal in their 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday to help the Premier League club ease into the Champions League quarter-finals, teammate James Milner said.

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

"We had better passing in the second half, we had so many good football moments in the second half and I like that we developed into the game".

Virgil van Dijk delivered another valuable goal to put the Reds 2-1 up on the night, and then Mane made sure they would join English counterparts Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City in Friday's quarter final draw.

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

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

In a dominant performance, Liverpool shrugged off an early ankle injury to captain Jordan Henderson and kept their cool after Bayern's equaliser through Joel Matip's own goal late in the first half.

"You need to give him so much respect, he's a fantastic striker", Van Dijk said.

And Van Dijk's statistics reflect his mighty European outing.

Jurgen Klopp's side were clinical in front of goal, and looked strong throughout the game. "He is a massive threat".

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. They didn't go forward, they just sort of sat and waited.

"Virg knows that he can play better than he did, especially in the second half, we played as good as is necessary and possible in a game like this".

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