Some sections of Liverpool fans have praised the impact of Virgil van Dijk during the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich last night.
The Reds had everything to do in the away leg after only managing a goalless draw at Anfield, and they certainly rose to the occasion, with a comfortable 3-1 win over the Bundesliga outfit.
Sadio Mane was once more adjudged the man of the match after a second successive brace, but many Liverpool fans were delighted with the showing of Van Dijk.
The Netherlands international has been a solid presence at the heart of the Reds’ backline, but he has recently contributed to the scoresheet with goals and assists which was the case against Bayern.
Van Dijk contributed to Mane’s sublime opener with a brilliant long-range ball, and he continued his excellent form after the break, where he grabbed the match-defining second goal with a header to end Bayern’s hopes of any comeback.
The Dutchman has unquestionably proved to be one of the club’s best signings in recent history, and the supporters were elated by his showing in Munich, where he also curbed the threat presented by Robert Lewandowski with ease.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter…
Mane world class..
Virgil van Dijk world class..
All of the Liverpool players tonight just class ??
Wiped Bayern a European giant out 3-1 away and we didn't even leave 3rd gear. Class reds #LFC #BAYLIV #UCL
— AJ (@AJ71108942) March 13, 2019
Virgil van Dijk adding to his growing legend with a goal and an assist at the Allianz, he's honestly unbelievable.
— RF9 ?? (@SambaRole) March 13, 2019
VAN DIJK YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING, WHAT A MAN, WHAT A MOUNTAIN, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
— Samue (@VintageSalah) March 13, 2019
• Through to the last 8 of the CL.
• Very professional performance.
• Manè ruins careers for fun & MOTM
• Van Dijk, is my hero.
• Matip was absolutely amazing.
• One of our easiest CL games.
• Klopp was spot on, with everything.
• Fulham (A), next.
Have a good week!
— – (@AnfieldRd96) March 13, 2019
I can confirm that Van Dijk's goal is even better with Titanic music@VirgilvDijk pic.twitter.com/LhhDIjk733
— The Mighty Reds (@futbol_delight) March 13, 2019
Van Dijk vision to Mane's smooth finish goal shouldn't be underestimated #BAYLIV #UCL pic.twitter.com/oUZq0zG6nx
— Joseph Friks (@Jfriks_) March 13, 2019
I urge all Liverpool fans to push the agenda with me.
• Van Dijk is the 3rd best player in the world right now after Messi and Ronaldo.
Pass it on.
— Señor? (@EnRouteAnfield) March 13, 2019