More recently, the Reds played out goalless away draws at Old Trafford and Goodison Park in the Premier League, leaving Liverpool needing a significant step up on their travels to progress in the Champions League.
"Be courageous when we are defending as well and sometimes go one-v-one, and I think especially the second half we did very well".
In-form Mane pounced on a needless charge out of his goal by Manuel Neuer in his 100th Champions League appearance, to round the Bayern keeper with a superb turn before chipping his finish into the empty net in the 26th minute. 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.
Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point, but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy.
The goalscoring duo were arguably the stand-out performers on a night when the Reds did very little wrong and reaffirmed their status as a top European club.
"We were playing too deep, we didn't take risks, I don't know why".
His quality shined even more in contrast to Bayern's defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule.
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.
"Well, hopefully", replied Van Dijk. "And we are strong there". "We are in the fight for first position in the league, but we want to play in the Champions League as well, which is the tournament we want to go far in, we want to give everything in this competition as well".
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