Wijnaldum: Fulham will be tougher opponents than Bayern

Wijnaldum: Fulham will be tougher opponents than Bayern

United are joined by Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham in the quarter-finals this year, with Ajax, Porto, Barcelona and Juventus completing the line-up.

However, Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 4-2 win over Burnley last Sunday and with City in FA Cup duty this weekend, the Merseysiders have the chance to climb back to the summit and go two points clear with a win at Fulham.

Klopp was gushing in his praise of the Holland captain after he scored the pivotal second goal in a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to secure a Champions League quarter-final place.

"We have a set a bar for this wonderful club that we really are back on the landscape of top worldwide football".

Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Jurgen Klopp's team made a decision to almost double the previous record, dishing out a whopping £75 million for Van Dijk - unheard-of money for a defender. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €/£100 bonus.

For the first time in 10 years, four English clubs have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League - the continent's blue riband club competition.

"Both teams were very cautious for a long period, but the second goal took the belief out of us", Bayern defender Mats Hummels said. I think the other players have shown they get the headlines but Sadio also.

"It's not that we're the most experienced team but we had a very fresh experience from a year ago - what do we have to do?"

"Maybe - hopefully - if we get to the final, we can think about putting it right then".

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"That's normal that we want to prove things but it's not that we wake up in the morning and think we lost against City in the League Cup final, Europa League final against Sevilla and against Real Madrid in Kiev (2018 Champions League final)", he said. "Now we know it, let's prepare".

"That puts them now in of course a good position for the Champions League fight".

"There's only so many more weeks I can go on saying I believe we can stay up, but one result can kick-start something and we have the quality to try and do that", Parker said.

But Klopp isn't looking that far ahead and has warned his players that Porto will be desperate to avenge last year's thrashing.

"I didn't just want to beat Bayern".

"It's never easy, they're going to have spells on top".

"You can't imagine how [little] I'm interested in that".

"If there is something to celebrate at the end of the season we will be the first involved in that".

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