Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Robert Lewandowski hammers Bayern Munich's tactics in loss to Liverpool

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Cassandra Castillo | 14 March, 2019, 22:56

"But, to be fair, we did have top centre-halves at the time as well".

The Senegalese global was the star of the show as he bagged a brace during the 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena (BBC Sport), with Virgil van Dijk scoring the other.

The ex-England worldwide also praised Van Dijk for his assured style of play before admitting he would love to have played with the Dutchman. 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.

Van Dijk will be expected to retain his spot in the starting XI against the Cottagers and Johnson believes he has mastered the art of defending.

The 27-year-old was imperious in defence, too.

"I'd like to congratulate Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp".

And Van Dijk's statistics reflect his mighty European outing.

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Two goals from Sadio Mane, plus a first for the club in Europe from Virgil Van Dijk, meant the Joel Matip own-goal equaliser they conceded was rendered inconsequential.

"He actually looks as though he is thinking about it, his touch has got better, his finishing has got better so absolutely, he is Liverpool's man right at this minute in time as far as attacking play is concerned", he added.

His quality shined even more in contrast to Bayern's defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule.

"We kept the contest open until Liverpool's second goal". Van Dijk possesses all of the strengths of Hummals and Sule but none of the weaknesses, and he did not give Lewandowski an inch of space all night.

"All of the teams have gone through to the next round, and for us of course it was really good because we managed to win an away game at Bayern Munich - which is quite hard". He was so strong, so important to us, but he can play better than he did [on Wednesday].

"Virgil gives organisation on set pieces, and he is risky", Klopp said with some understatement.

Liverpool are now going toe to toe with Manchester City for the Premier League title, while Klopp is under contract at Anfield until 2022.

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