Robert Lewandowski: Bayern Munich didn't take enough risks against Liverpool


The Reds headed to the German giants with it all to do in the second leg, after failing to break the deadlock back at Anfield three weeks ago.

His record comes after an wonderful campaign last season in which he scored 10 Champions League goals, including one in the final against Real Madrid. 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. But while the Senegalese forward maintained his hot streak by taking his recent goal haul to 10 in 10 games with his double against Bayern - and remarkably half of all 16 goals the Merseysiders have scored in their eight games since the start of February - the real star of the show for Liverpool was Van Dijk.

Liverpool's owner very rarely tweets but he felt the need to hail Van Dijk's performance.

Liverpool a year ago had an English game against City, I was not here, but it could happen again.

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.

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Van Dijk was happy to help his side through to the quarter-finals. "Still this was not a great game of football".

"I think we played too deep, didn't want to make too many risks, and I don't know why. It is very important and it feels unbelievable to score".

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool's Champions League victory over Bayern Munich was a "big night for England". "I could write a book about his skills, about his strength, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is", said the Reds boss of his £75 million man.

The odds looked to be stacked against Liverpool with Bayern going into the contest in such good form, but after a nervy beginning to the game for both sides, it was the Merseyside outfit who took the lead.

"We knew that it would be a very tough game, but I think in both games we were playing too defensive", the Poland worldwide told Viasport.