Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

"I would've liked to have him at Liverpool [when I was there]". 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.

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. "Our goal now is to win them both, we have to tick off the Champions League now and go again next year".

'What can I say?

"He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good".

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Guardian, Sky Sports, Anfield Index, FotMob and the This Is Anfield readers. They know it is a very tough place to come. Not a lot of teams have on their cards an away win at Munich.

Another key factor in Liverpool's continued ability to stay in the race at home and overseas is the form of Sadio Mane.

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

All four English teams that entered the competition are still alive - and it means half of the quarterfinalists will be Premier League teams for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal all reached the last eight.

With Mohamed Salah struggling to replicate his goal-scoring feats of last season, Mane has stepped up a gear. That includes 27 victories, including last night's one against Lyon, and three draws.

'It's so obvious that I don't have to speak about it, ' said Klopp of Mane's recent form. I don't want to speak about it really.

"You have to stay in a game, be really stable and have answers to all the questions, change things, use different tools".

Sadio Mane scored a brilliant goal in the first half when he caught Manuel Neuer off his line, and despite an own goal from Joel Matip which gave Bayern some hope, the Reds were able to storm back and score twice more to finish the match.

'Hendo's twisted ankle, we have to see.

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The cars have lacked a bit of rear stability. "We could draw some conclusions from testing but not much". Ferrari have won 235 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 87 and Red Bull 59.

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