Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

" We will see what we can do with it but it's still fantastic for us that LFC as a club, we really are back for the last games of global top football".

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes his former club were "atrocious" in Wednesday night's 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The ex-England global also praised Van Dijk for his assured style of play before admitting he would love to have played with the Dutchman.

"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do. The other 25 percent is covered by Virgil van Dijk".

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

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

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The Senegalese forward opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and added another in the 84th minute after Virgil van Dijk had edged Liverpool ahead following Joel Matip's own goal in the first half.

Right now, he is the best defender in the world, with nobody anywhere questioning his value. Maybe we were trying to play defensive and trying to score goals and maybe that was wrong and today Liverpool were better.

His quality shined even more in contrast to Bayern's defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule. 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.

"We kept the contest open until Liverpool's second goal". "He's so good on the ball, so calm, big and strong - there's not really a weakness in his game at the moment". "He is a massive threat. He is still young enough to get better".

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 Champions League round of 16 saw the Premier League's four representatives - Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham - each deliver a serious statement of intent as they booked their place in Friday's draw for the latter stages.

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