Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool back as European force

Champions League: Liverpool ease past Bayern Munich 3-1 to reach last eight

Champions League: Liverpool ease past Bayern Munich 3-1 to reach last eight

Van Dijk oozes confidence on the ball, he organises his defence and those in front of him, and opponents are so concerned by his ability on the ball that they leave space for other Liverpool players by spending so much energy attempting to starve the former Celtic defender of possession.

In total, he has now scored 13 in the competition having made just 19 appearances.

" 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 global top football".

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.

"We all feel that's where this club belongs and we proved it at least a little bit".

They will be joined at that stage by domestic rivals Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City.

"There are some places in the world where whichever team would struggle".

Whether he was joking or not, it's fair to suggest that Juventus knew exactly what they getting when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

Van Dijk told Liverpool's official website of the message passed on by an ambitious boss: "Obviously be fearless when we have the ball, make sure everyone wants the ball and when we defend, defend all together".

"Virg knows he can play better than he did tonight; we can play better than we did tonight."

"It's the first step to win a game like this".

Liverpool overcame Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 inside the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, and after the match fans were quick to praise a star man in the victory.

"I really think this club deserves to have awareness again".

More recently, the Reds played out goalless away draws at Old Trafford and Goodison Park in the Premier League, leaving Liverpool needing a significant step up on their travels to progress in the Champions League.

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