Champions League quarter-final: Klopp reacts to Liverpool's draw with FC Porto

Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the 1-2 goal with his team-mate Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match Bayern Munich v Liverpool in Munich southern G

But much of its rise to the top of the league has come as a result of Dortmund's lack of efficiency.

He even went so far as to claim he has spotted a chink in the formidable armour of Van Dijk, and will look to exploit it come Sunday's clash.

"I would do Ajax versus Porto, as that would mean one of them reach the semi-finals".

The Dutch centre-back plays out from the back with composure on the ball and a wide range of passing, while he's a real leader on the park for Jurgen Klopp's team.

A hard truth for a proud footballing nation is that in three last-16 matches between Premier League and Bundesliga clubs, English teams won every one.

But the Reds' immediate focus must be on Craven Cottage to keep their challenge for a first league title in 29 years on track.

The games tell you that, he is really important with his goals and assists. Gerard Pique, who scored the fourth goal, became the third defender with the most goals in Champions League history with 14 goals.

Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the lead in Munich

Where he's really improved though is passing.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes team-mate Sadio Mane deserves to be in the same bracket as the Premier League's top strikers.

"So, for us, it's all about contribution and the more goals we score the better chances we have of winning games". In fact, Laurent Koscielny and John Stones are the only other first tier defenders to have had fewer single-digit matches, and both have played at least 10 fewer matches.

And now, as if his defensive prowess wasn't enough, Van Dijk has started to add goals to his repertoire as well. It was positive, and we will see if it stays positive when he goes outside.

Especially as a new contract will, in all probability, most be sorted over the summer ahead of next season. He was already fantastic, but this season, like Liverpool, van Dijk has taken a massive leap forward. You know when you watch players on video, you are thinking: "There's got to be something wrong with this kid". That gap is so significant, that van Dijk's lead in his tier is almost double that of any other player.

Liverpool stepped up in the second-half as Virgil van Dijk headed home a corner to give the Reds a 2-1 advantage.

Bayern were knocked out in the round of 16 of the Champions League for the first time in almost a decade at the hands of Liverpool, and their fellow Bundesliga clubs - Borussia Dortmund and Schalke - also fell at the same hurdle. You could compare him to Alan Hansen.

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