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

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

The centre-back became the first Liverpool player to both score and assist in an away Champions League knockout match since Craig Bellamy against FC Barcelona in February 2007.

Liverpool's £75m signing of Van Dijk past year is looking more and more like a bargain every week.

Just look at Carragher - he couldn't stop smiling at Van Dijk.

After Liverpool stylishly progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Bayern Munich 3-1, we picked out 10 top stats to emerge from the victory at the Allianz Arena.

Georginio Wijnaldum, a fellow midfielder, shares Milner's assessment that defeat by Real Madrid in last year's Champions League final has increased Liverpool's desire for a sixth European Cup. But at home, and the reason we all thought they were favourites, you'd expect them to be pushing again, but they didn't.

It was a result that left Klopp purring with satisfaction at a mature performance which, he said, reaffirmed the club's...

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.

The Netherlands worldwide midfielder told Sky Sports after helping to down Bayern: "It's a really big night, not only for Liverpool but I think for England".

Right now, he is the best defender in the world, with nobody anywhere questioning his value. "The way he took it was ridiculous but that's the quality he's got".

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.

"Today we didn't play like in the Bundesliga, of course I don't know why". He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good.

Van Dijk's decisive and towering header came in between two brilliant goals from Sadio Mane. He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his enormous value to this team.

Klopp had been looking for a big performance from his side on German soil, and got what he was after as the Premier League title hopefuls put down another marker in continental competition.