Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool back as European force

Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool back as European force

After a goalless first leg, Liverpool made the trip to Germany to face the reigning Bundesliga title-holders and five-time European champions, genuine heavyweights in this competition.

The Senegalese forward opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and added another in the 84th minute after Virgil van Dijk had edged Liverpool ahead following Joel Matip's own goal in the first half.

The Champions League round of 16 saw the Premier League's four representatives - Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham - each deliver a serious statement of intent as they booked their place in Friday's draw for the latter stages.

"It's massive, a big step for us", said Klopp.

"Yes, we know the team we have, the quality we have, what we can give", Fabinho told Esporte Interativo.

"But we kept them as often as possible away from our goal".

Former Bayern president Beckenbauer feels Klopp - who won two Bundesliga titles in charge of their rivals Dortmund - would be an ideal fit for the club.

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Alongside the signing of Alisson Becker in the summer, the defensive stability has helped Liverpool to be within one point of Manchester City, who are arguably the best team in World football right now. "We knew it would be tough as they have a great team with fantastic players".

"You have to find different ways".

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. I don't want to speak about it really.

Liverpool, like Van Dijk, also have plenty of scope to develop and improve, and that is why they have a real chance to win the Premier League, Champions League or both this season.

"I was alone sometimes and I didn't have help, I couldn't do something and it was very hard", he said.

And fans will hope the omens will show they can go all the way to the final again.

Liverpool's commanding Dutch defender produced a solid performance at the back as he guided his side to the Champions League quarter-finals.

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