Liverpool's commanding Dutch defender produced a solid performance at the back as he guided his side to the Champions League quarter-finals. "The first goal was ridiculous really, how he finished it off, the calmness and the finish", Milner told reporters.
Although some pointed out that each of the teams are managed by different nationalities - with Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, Norway's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, Germany's Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and Spain's Pep Guardiola at City - and not to mention a mass of foreign players in the ranks. He was the orchestrator in Munich and looked like a teenager playing among 10-year-olds, so comfortable was he on the ball.
Van Dijk (8.7) was yet again masterful at the heart of the Reds' defence, scoring the all-important second goal for good measure.
GETTY IMAGESVirgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross
And Van Dijk's statistics reflect his mighty European outing.
Bayern Munich are facing up to another season without Champions League glory after losing to Liverpool and Robert Lewandowski has made his unhappiness with his team's tactics clear.
His quality shined even more in contrast to Bayern's defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule. "He's so good on the ball, so calm, big and strong - there's not really a weakness in his game at the moment". "He is a massive threat".
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. "He is still young enough to get better". "We are in the fight for first position in the league, but we want to play in the Champions League as well, which is the tournament we want to go far in, we want to give everything in this competition as well".
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Lionel Messi recorded his 476th victory as a FC Barcelona player against Lyon , equalling the club record held by Xavi Hernandez. Liverpool eliminated Bundesliga power Bayern Munich 3-1 to make the final cut. "It'll be hard no matter who we face".