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

Gary Neville

Not since Bayern's Wembley win against Dortmund in 2013 has a Champions League been won without one of them in the victorious team and there has been no sign of either of them slowing up in this season's competition.

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.

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.

The Senegalese forward was Liverpool's star man on the night and his first goal was a thing of beauty.

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

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

Klopp helmed a raucous run to the Champions League final last season, where the Reds came up short against Real Madrid, and he felt claiming the scalp of their fellow five-time champions confirms the Anfield club are back at Europe's top table.

So, English football is back, capped by Liverpool's victory in Munich on Wednesday night, but is the Premier League ready, once again, to dominate the Champions League?

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels heads clear under pressure from Liverpool's Roberto Firmino.

Jurgen Klopp's side were clinical in front of goal, and looked strong throughout the game. You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this. "He is a massive threat". "They were the better team over the two legs, we deserved to lose. He is still young enough to get better".

On that occasion, Chelsea beat Liverpool to reach the last four, before losing to eventual winners Barcelona in the semis, while Manchester United and Arsenal emerged from their quarterfinals to meet in the last four, with United prevailing before losing to Barca in the final.



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