Former Liverpool man Mark Lawrenson has heaped praise on Reds defender Virgil van Dijk and the team’s front three for their performances against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
The Dutch international scored a tremendous header amid a phenomenal individual display, while attacker Sadio Mane bagged a magnificent brace to lead Jurgen Klopp’s team to a 3-1 victory.
Lawrenson was very impressed: “At the back, Virgil van Dijk was pure class again and of course he scored the crucial second goal too,” he wrote on the BBC Sport website. “The way he attacked the ball from James Milner’s corner, no-one was going to stop him.
“Up front, Sadio Mane was impressive too – but he was not the only one. A lot has been said about the form of the Reds’ front three recently, because they were ordinary at Old Trafford and Goodison Park, but here they showed how difficult they are to stop when they get the right supply, and they get given the ball early.”
It’s difficult to disagree with anything Lawrenson says here. Van Dijk was absolutely incredible on Wednesday night, as he seemingly always is. The 27-year-old bullied Robert Lewandowski and ensured that the talismanic Pole didn’t get a sniff at the Allianz Arena. His goal was superb, as well. It was a tremendous delivery, but Van Dijk made the ball his own. He had obviously decided that he was going to win that header and there was nothing anybody else could do about it. The ball rocketed off his head and Liverpool were essentially though to the Champions League quarter finals from that moment on. As Lawrenson says, Mane was also terrific. His two goals were excellently taken, particularly his first, and he made life hell for the Bayern backline. His teammates up front, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, were also excellent on another famous European night for the Reds. Credit must go to all four because they played a big part on Wednesday.