Robert Lewandowski hammers Bayern Munich's tactics in loss to Liverpool


It will be no surprise to see Van Dijk sweep up the individual awards at the end of the season and it will be a shame if he's got no silverware to show for a truly magnificent year. "The other 25 percent is covered by Virgil van Dijk".

Liverpool may have claimed the notable scalp of Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League, but Steve Nicol claims the Reds' performance in a 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena was "atrocious".

"In the first half we scored an outstanding goal - wow - and by half-time time everybody knew it would not be easy for Munich, and that is important information for the opponent after they were happy with a 0-0 at Anfield".

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.

"My second choice would be not by tactical or emotional reasons but by what I think would be fantastic extra motivation", said the 56-year-old.

Van Dijk spotted his run and played an exquisite ball over the top.

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"We played too defensively, probably in the first leg as well", he said.

Right now, he is the best defender in the world, with nobody anywhere questioning his value. "Bayern is an experienced team full of quality". 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. He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his huge value to this team. "He is a massive threat".

The goal looked good from the live angle, but the replays - oh, the alternative angle replays - that's where the magic truly lies... "He is still young enough to get better".

Liverpool may have been beaten finalists in last season's Champions League but the elimination of heavyweights such as Bayern this evening would serve as a further demonstration of his side's renewed clout at this level.

Many had high hopes for the Cottagers on their return to the Premier League, but while they've been decent going forward, their porous defence has cost them time-and-time again.