Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

The Bavarians, who had reached the Champions League quarter-finals or better in each of the last seven seasons, needed a second with Liverpool heading through on the away goals rule.

"It says a lot about the squad we have got", the former Leeds man said. We found that and that makes me feel really proud and happy.

Liverpool will return to Premier League action this Sunday, with a crucial trip to Fulham on the cards which could have huge implications on the title race.

All eyes will be on Nyon at 11am on Friday, as Liverpool learn which of Porto, Barcelona, Ajax, Man City, Man United, Tottenham and Juventus they will play in the quarter-finals.

A Sadio Mane brace and another Virgil van Dijk header were enough to knock out the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena, having been held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg.

He said: "I see it like all the boys see it in dressing room and everybody who sees it with us, it is a big night". We wanted fresh legs, not to rest Fabinho but to bring in fresh legs. We didn't play our best but it's about getting a result.

They know how much Liverpool have been indebted to Mane recently, and were quick to praise him once again once the full time whistle had sounded.

Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point, but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy. "Bayern has so much quality, unbelievable, and we impressed them and that's a massive thing". It's not sweeter for me because it's Bayern. He has brought the same defensive organisation, but with more time and space to use his ball-playing abilities, he has also enabled Liverpool to be more dynamic playing out from the back. 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. "It's just a good moment for Liverpool and let's enjoy that".

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