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Van Dijk bracing up to neutralise Lewandowski’s threat

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Virgil van Dijk has vowed to stop Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski from scoring Liverpool in the Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

Lewandowski has been in prolific form with eight goals so far this season’s competition as well as the domestic scene where Bayern warmed up with a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg.

However, returning Liverpool defender Van Dijk who missed the first leg at Anfield due to suspension is confident the Reds backline can stop the Polish striker.

“You need to be aware of the qualities of every striker you face, as I always am, but sometimes you need to be smart and more than 100 per cent ready for anything,” Liverpool’s No.4 told UEFA.com.

“If he’s trying to run at you, trying to get past you, you need to be ready for that as well. You don’t need to give any opportunities to those strikers because they will punish you and they will score.”

Victory or a score draw in Germany would take Liverpool back into the quarter-finals of a tournament they finished runners-up in last term.

And Van Dijk who is relishing the intensity of both the title race and Champions League hinted Klopp’s men are aiming to do better than last season’s exploits.

“There’s always pressure at a big club. I’d rather play with pressure than without,” the centre-back added.

“I’m very proud to play for all these fans, for the manager, with these fantastic players and to wear the shirt every game. To play with pressure is always a good thing. I like to play with pressure.”