The Senegalese's 18th and 19th goals of the season helped Liverpool join Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals, the first time since 2009 that four English teams have reached this stage of the competition. 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.
The Reds may not have always been at their very best on the ball at the Allianz Arena, but they pulled off a performance that outlined their growing maturity.
"I am really proud of the boys because it is a massive achievement". This club always has outstandingly strong football teams but we kept them away from our goal as well as possible. "We didn't succeed because our opponents did a really good job, whereas we didn't have our best day". Playing your best football, free-flowing, is not possible against this team because you can not use your speed really.
"I really think this club deserves to have awareness again".
GETTY IMAGESVirgil van Dijk outjleaps the Bayern defence to head in Liverpool's second goal from James Milner's cross
Van Dijk sat out the first leg through suspension and, once again, proved an influential presence on his return. We played at home, but that wasn't our game and that's why they beat us. We tried to use our full-backs to attack.
"We can't be polite about these things".
Although Joel Matip turned into his own net shortly before half time to give Niko Kovac's side hope, Liverpool came out after the break and dominated in the second half. I could write a book about his skills, about his strength, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is, ' said the Reds boss of his £75million man.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho had a good night on Wednesday.