Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool’s £75 Million Bargain of a Centre-Back

Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool’s £75 Million Bargain of a Centre-Back

Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool’s £75 Million Bargain of a Centre-Back

"They are struggling, fighting to survive, and that is always hard to play against, those teams", said Wijnaldum.

Lennon has already gone on record stating his belief that Van Dijk, who was sold to Southampton for £13m after two years at Parkhead, is the best defender in world football at the moment and believes he would walk into the first team at any of the club game's recognised superpowers. Maxime Le Marchand could start at centre-back in form over Tim Ream, while Floyd Ayite's strong performance may earn him the nod over Ryan Babel.

The other clubs to have booked their spots are European giants Juventus and Barcelona, and surprise packages Porto and Ajax - the latter of whom dethroned Real Madrid last week. They are doing so, so well during the competition that I think it would be unbelievable for one of them. You saw a set-piece can be decisive in a match like this.

"It didn't look like Bayern would outplay us and that gave us confidence".

The Reds boast plenty of firepower within their ranks, with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah having contributed significantly in recent times. "We trained with him there in that position - we wanted to, not to rest Fabinho, but we wanted to bring in fresh legs and Hendo had fresh legs but unfortunately that didn't help with the ankle". "If you are alone against two three players, good players, it is very hard to play".

"It's not that we're the most experienced team but we had a very fresh experience from previous year - what do we have to do?"

Bayern defender David Alaba reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz
Bayern defender David Alaba reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz

Sadio Mane scored twice at the Allianz Arena to put last season's finalists through with a 3-1 aggregate win.

The quality extends further down the Premier League table too with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford and West Ham United all capable of keeping the big guns on their toes.

Aerial prowess is one of Van Dijk's most notable traits, as you probably could have guessed after seeing his height, but he is also fantastic on the ground.

"The stats showed we had more possession (against Liverpool), but we couldn't do the right thing with it, because the opponent was better overall". We haven't struggled psychologically because we are not ahead of them any more.

Speaking after the dispiriting defeat, via the Daily Mail, Lewandowski appeared to make a veiled criticism of his manager Niko Kovač's tactical approach, and said: "Of course, we knew it would be a tough game". Just a really good, well-grounded individual.

"I signed a five-year contract (in the summer of 2017) and I am still under contract".

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