Niko Kovac makes honest admission after Reds' Bayern Munich win

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Niko Kovac makes honest admission after Reds' Bayern Munich win

But in Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool possess a player who has become so important and influential to Jurgen Klopp's side that he could prove to be the extra-special player who makes all the difference for the Anfield outfit this season, both in the Champions League and back home in the Premier League.

"I feel like we've taken a really big step, because a lot of people said after the first match that it was not a good result to play a 0-0, but we had a good feeling about it because we didn't concede a goal".

The ex-England worldwide also praised Van Dijk for his assured style of play before admitting he would love to have played with the Dutchman. Henry, Liverpool's principal owner, has no doubt about Van Dijk's importance, with the American retweeting a tweet after this game that said, "75 percent of the Earth is covered by water".

Liverpool previous year had an English game against City, I was not here, but it could happen again. "The other 25 percent is covered by Virgil van Dijk". With four English clubs reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season, we may be on the cusp of a new period of European domination by the richest league in the world.

And Van Dijk's statistics reflect his mighty European outing. Maybe we were trying to play defensive and trying to score goals and maybe that was wrong and today Liverpool were better. Whilst Liverpool failed to keep a clean sheet, he nullified Bundesliga's top scorer Robert Lewandowski. He has brought the same defensive organisation, but with more time and space to use his ball-playing abilities, he has also enabled Liverpool to be more dynamic playing out from the back. He also scored a headed goal, Liverpool's crucial second, prompting Klopp to highlight his huge value to this team.

The odds looked to be stacked against Liverpool with Bayern going into the contest in such good form, but after a nervy beginning to the game for both sides, it was the Merseyside outfit who took the lead. "And we are strong there". You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this.

The forward was vast for Liverpool on the evening, not just bagging two important strikes, but also working tirelessly in attack and defence, as well as keeping possession when his side needed it.

Liverpool are now going toe to toe with Manchester City for the Premier League title, while Klopp is under contract at Anfield until 2022.

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