Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool are back where we belong

Last season's finalist booked a spot in the next round after beating Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate with Van Dijk bagging his first Champions League goal for Liverpool.

"It was very hard because I was alone sometimes". If you're alone against two or three good players, it's hard.

Bayern was playing without the injured Arjen Robben and the suspended pair of Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich.

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. I think we played very well, we knew how to have a good time in the game, when we had to slow a bit more, keep the ball a little more, we knew how to do it. They know it's a tough place to come.

There's an argument to be made that Van Dijk is the best centre-back in the world right now and he received huge praise from manager Jurgen Klopp after the game.

" We will see what we can do with it but it's still fantastic for us that LFC as a club, we really are back for the last games of worldwide top football".

However they are now being pushed all the way by Dortmund this season, and their elimination from the Champions League has piled further pressure on manager Niko Kovac.

"We have good feelings from a year ago so hopefully we can carry that on and go as far as we can".

In the Bundesliga, where Bayern has overturned a nine-point deficit to move ahead of Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, the team has scored 18 goals in its last five games.

And despite the prospect of two titles, Bayern's thoughts are already turning to next season.

They might have kept a clean sheet against Bayern at Anfield three weeks ago, despite being without the suspended Van Dijk, but the 27-year-old's return to the heart of the defence for this game was transformative for Liverpool.

Canadian youngster Alphonso Davies completed his transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps in January, and Bayern has already signed World Cup victor Benjamin Pavard from league rival Stuttgart for next season.

  • Stacy Allen