Virgil van Dijk and Jamie Carragher give joint interview after Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool

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Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 to progress into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night thanks to a monstrous performance from Virgil van Dijk.

While Sadio Mane scored two of Liverpool's three goals - and both of them were fantastic - it was their Dutch centre-back who impressed most.

Van Dijk scored the all-important second goal to give his side breathing space in the tie and kept quiet one of the best strikers in the world in Robert Lewandowski.

Lewandowski barely had a sniff at the Allianz Arena and it was mostly because of Van Dijk, who organised Liverpool's back four superbly alongside Joel Matip.

There's an argument to be made that Van Dijk is the best centre-back in the world right now and he received huge praise from manager Jurgen Klopp after the game.

Asked about the 27-year-old's performance, Klopp said: "It was brilliant. He was involved in the goal of Bayern as well, so what a night.

"What can I say? I could write a book about his skills, his strength, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is. He is so young, already so mature, really strong, all good.

"Virg knows he can play better than he did tonight; we can play better than we did tonight."

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Liverpool's £75m signing of Van Dijk last year is looking more and more like a bargain every week. He's the world-class centre-back they've yearned for.

Jamie Carragher is certainly a huge fan and he looked like a proud father as he gave a class joint interview alongside Van Dijk after the Bayern game with Jan Aage Fjortoft.

In the video below, Van Dijk speaks about scoring against Bayern and his battle with Lewandowski, while Carragher hails the impact he's made since joining Liverpool.

Just look at Carragher - he couldn't stop smiling at Van Dijk.

At one point the Liverpool legend turned into the interviewer as he asked Van Dijk if beating Bayern in the Champions League will help their Premier League title bid.

"Well, hopefully," replied Van Dijk. "It should give us a boost, we should be full of confidence anyway.

"We're in the last eight of the Champions League, we're in the title race, it's all looking pretty positive. Let's just focus on that - that's the only way forward."

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