Robert Lewandowski blames Nico Kovac for Bayern Munich's defeat to Liverpool

There will be no talk about Van Dijk leaving for £150million or whatever figure you hear if Liverpool do go on and win the Champions League. "The other 25 percent is covered by Virgil van Dijk".

Jurgen Klopp's team are back in action on Sunday when they face Fulham in the Premier League.

Juergen Klopp said his Liverpool side on Wednesday proved they are "back on the European stage" after an impressive 3-1 win at Bayern Munich put them into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Since the world's most expensive defender arrived at Anfield in January 2018 he has played a significant part in making the Reds' defence the toughest in the Premier League. He was the orchestrator in Munich and looked like a teenager playing among 10-year-olds, so comfortable was he on the ball.

Bayern equalised after that goal, as former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry's risky cross was turned into his own net by Joel Matip, but were then twice pegged back as Virgil van Dijk headed in a corner and Mane grabbed a second.

Kovac disagrees with Lewandowski's assessment, however, and believes that Bayern were simply beaten by the better team.

We played at home, but that wasn't our game and that's why they beat us. "They have won the Premier league, they have won the FA Cup, won the League Cup but they haven't quite got the Champions League trophy".

Liverpool took a "big step" towards proving to critics that they are the real deal with their Champions League elimination of Bayern Munich, according to midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

"The global break will be long enough to bring him back". 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.

Liverpool's run to the final a year ago signalled a re-awakening and this season, with holders Real Madrid, Bayern and PSG all out, the odds are shortening on the first all-English final since United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008. "He is a massive threat".

"Today we didn't play like in the Bundesliga, of course I don't know why. It's the best it can be but still not good enough".

"So far, Solskjaer has organised them better than Mourinho did in my opinion and they're far better going forward United".

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