"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do".
"It's massive, a big step for us", said Klopp.
"He actually looks as though he is thinking about it, his touch has got better, his finishing has got better so absolutely, he is Liverpool's man right at this minute in time as far as attacking play is concerned", he added.
A potentially tricky fixture with Burnley in the Premier League last Sunday was taken care of without too much bother and then a brilliant away performance in Munich saw the Reds through to the Champions League quarter-finals.
More new signings are expected, but the new arrivals will have little time to adjust to get Bayern back to where it wants to be.
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.
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Games on the worldwide stage are about impressing the opponents he stressed. "They were digging into it", Klopp commented. "We had to deal with the early exit of team captain Jordan Henderson".
With Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund neck-and-neck in the Bundesliga title race, BVB skipper Marco Reus has commented on the possibility of ending the Bavarian giants' six-year stranglehold of the German top-flight trophy. Klopp lost 16 of his 31 games against the Bavarian's and had only won ten before meeting them this season. It was about the next round. "We are hard to play, that's all". "I don't know why because sometimes we tried to push Liverpool but it was two versus four players and that's why we didn't create much - and that's not our game".
They might have kept a clean sheet against Bayern at Anfield three weeks ago, despite being without the suspended Van Dijk, but the 27-year-old's return to the heart of the defence for this game was transformative for Liverpool.
Klopp called the competition in the Premier League "outstanding" as six to seven clubs "would be among the ruling sides in every league you can think of".
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