Virgil van Dijk puts world-class strikers to sleep, says Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson really really loves Virgil van Dijk

Glen Johnson really really loves Virgil van Dijk

After a goalless first leg, Liverpool made the trip to Germany to face the reigning Bundesliga title-holders and five-time European champions, genuine heavyweights in this competition.

The Polish forward was this season's top scorer in the Champions League ahead of the meeting but fired off just two shots in the entire 180 minute tie, thanks to the work of Virgil Van Dijk and the Reds' defence.

Like he has been since joining the club, Van Dijk really was so impressive on the night.

"We kept the contest open until Liverpool's second goal". With regular injuries to Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, he has had to adapt to different defensive partners and even had to manage with makeshift defender Fabinho alongside him for a couple of games after Christmas.

He re-posted a tweet which read: "75% of the earth is covered by water".

It was also a display of muscle-flexing by City, Liverpool and Spurs that will have been noted by the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, the two continental heavyweights most likely to stand in the way of an English triumph in the final in Madrid on June 1.

"The other 25% is covered by Van Dijk".

Van Dijk was happy to help his side through to the quarter-finals. Not since Bayern's Wembley win against Dortmund in 2013 has a Champions League been won without one of them in the victorious team and there has been no sign of either of them slowing up in this season's competition.

In-form Mane pounced on a needless charge out of his goal by Manuel Neuer in his 100th Champions League appearance, to round the Bayern keeper with a superb turn before chipping his finish into the empty net in the 26th minute. "I could write a book about his skills, his strength, how much I like him".

Despite starting on the bench for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian player soon had the responsibility of replacing club captain Jordan Henderson, and did a good job even with all the pressure on the game.

"We were playing too deep, we didn't take risks, I don't know why".

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