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

Klopp delighted to put Liverpool back on the map

Klopp delighted to put Liverpool back on the map

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.

"It's a big, big step for us". They knew defeat would see them become potentially the only British thing to exit Europe this month.

"We have a good series in the Bundesliga and we have to focus on that", Kovac said.

And in doing so, he set an all-time goalscoring record for the Anfield club! We found that and that makes me feel really proud and happy.

"Clearly in the first leg they sat and gave nothing away".

No wonder the manager could not hide his delight at the form of Van Dijk, whose other important contribution is to improve the players around him with Joel Matip - the club's fourth-choice centre-back - impressing since getting into the side after injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.

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

"I'll sing my own song about him if necessary - his quality and importance is so obvious I don't have to speak about it!" said Klopp.

'So young, already so mature, so strong, all good.

"Even the boss is saying, why the fuck we ain't got a decent song for Mane yet", added another.

The former Germany midfielder told Sky Deutschland: "We were knocked out of the World Cup early, we have been relegated in the Nations League and the Champions League ended for all the German teams in the round of 16".

Klopp enjoyed many memorable battles at the Allianz Arena as Borussia Dortmund boss, often coming off on the losing side, but he insisted revenge did not figure in his emotions after an accomplished job well done. It's not sweeter for me because it's Bayern. The opponent attacked us very high and left no spaces, that made it hard for us. 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.

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