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

Liverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

APLiverpool players celebrate following Sadio Mane's third goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

As quoted by Bayern's official website, Kovac said: "We kept the contest open until Liverpool's second goal". "We knew it would be tough as they have a great team with fantastic players".

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has conceded that German football is not in the pink of its health following Bayern Munich's exit from the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Bayern, who had reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last seven seasons and last failed to reach the quarter-finals in 2011, did not unduly trouble Liverpool who had Van Dijk back in defence following a suspension.

"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".

They were helped out in that quest before half time however, as Liverpool defender Joel Matip put into his own net to level the scores, but after the break Jurgen Klopp's men seized control. He was the orchestrator in Munich and looked like a teenager playing among 10-year-olds, so comfortable was he on the ball.

Virgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross
GETTY IMAGESVirgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross

"Scoring three here is really hard - actually we scored four because we scored the other one as well!" he told a post-match news conference.

"We had better passing in the second half, we had so many good football moments in the second half and I like that we developed into the game".

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

Despite starting on the bench for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian player soon had the responsibility of replacing club captain Jordan Henderson, and did a good job even with all the pressure on the game. You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this. They didn't go forward, they just sort of sat and waited.

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