Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Virgil van Dijk raves about Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp

Virgil van Dijk raves about Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp

Van Dijk said: "He is the complete manager".

Liverpool have the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League semi finals for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign should they hold onto their three goal advantage, whilst City have a very tall mountain to climb should they want to qualify for the semi finals for the second time in three seasons.

Three goals in a 19-minute first-half spell put City to the sword and handed the Reds a huge advantage to take to the Etihad Stadium this evening (7.45pm).

The greatest moment in the club's recent history came when they trailed AC Milan by the same 3-0 scoreline in the 2005 final in Istanbul and no-one needs reminding of how that turned out.

Considering the feelings Liverpool fans have for Sterling, we reckon this will go down well with them. "We have to play our game".

The Dutchman became fixated on trying to win a free kick out of Raheem Sterling but when the whistle was not blown, City took two passes to tee up Jesus who slotted into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

"We are full of confidence but we know it is going to be a different game".

"They need to come at us, but we want to play our game". He added: "We need to stay calm".

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"We need to be ready for a fight, ready for a good game - and we will be". I knew before I joined, and know now, how much quality this squad has and how good we can be if everyone is at 100 per cent.

"The game [against City] at home was an fantastic example, everyone was 100 per cent focused and at it".

"And you see what can happen".

"We know we are capable of scoring goals, we know as a team we can defend pretty well, but the main thing is we definitely need to keep the mindset of winning the game instead of defending a lead". "We want to win this game as well".

The pair have kept five clean sheets in eight games together since Van Dijk's January arrival from Southampton, also Lovren's former club, and the towering 26-year-old hailed their ever-improving understanding.

"It was hard to fall asleep [after the game]", Van Dijk said to Liverpool's website. That is clear and I am enjoying every bit of it.

"If our players up front and midfield do what they did then it makes it a lot easier".

"But with the quality everyone has got in our team, it shouldn't be a problem whoever plays".

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