Virgil van Dijk scores a brace for Liverpool against Watford

Klopp: I could write a book about Van Dijk’s skills

Jurgen Klopp says he could ‘write a book’ about Virgil Van Dijk’s skills after the Liverpool defender’s performance in their 3-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Van Dijk headed home James Milner’s corner, in between two goals from Sadio Mane, as Liverpool progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals with victory in Germany.

After a goalless first leg at Anfield, Liverpool produced a commanding display in the second leg in Munich to make it a quartet of English teams in the draw for the last eight on Friday.

Klopp was full of praise for his side’s performance and in particular that of the 27-year-old Van Dijk.

‘It was brilliant. He was involved in the goal of Bayern as well, so what a night! What can I say? I could write a book about his skills, his strength, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is. He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good,’ Klopp told his post-match press conference.

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‘Virg knows he can play better than he did tonight; we can play better than we did tonight. Tonight we played – especially the second half – as good as necessary and as possible. It is so important that you stay in a game, that you are really stable, that you really have real answers to all the questions, that you can change things, that you can use different tools.

‘There was a pass from Trent in the second half that went through all three lines, more or less, to Bobby, he turned and he couldn’t finish the situation off but it was just [brilliant]. We had so many good football moments, especially in the second half, and I like that – that we developed in the game so much. It’s so important. It is a difficult place to come and not a lot of teams have on their cards an away win at Munich. We have that now and that’s cool. Difficult but cool.’

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