Michael Owen said that Virgil van Dijk’s 60-yard assist to Sadio Mane for the opener against Bayern Munich was a ‘simple’ pass.

Mane was Liverpool’s man of the match at the Allianz Arena, with the former Southampton man scoring a brace to send the Reds through to the quarterfinals.

He wasn’t the only player that stood out, with van Dijk putting in yet another top drawer performance and managed to grab a goal and assist from centre back.

 

Working as a commentator for BT Sport, Owen said: “Brilliant, absolutely everything to do with this goal was to do with [Mane].

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk reacts during the UEFA Champions League, last 16, second leg football match Bayern Munich v Liverpool in Munich, southern Germany, on March 13, 2019. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

“I know Van Dijk played a nice ball, but it was a pretty simple ball but everything that was good about this goal was Mane.”

The Dutchman’s pass to Mane was anything but simple. With the forward making a run behind Rafinha, van Dijk had to play the perfect ball in over the top of the Bayern defence but also had to ensure Manuel Neuer couldn’t sweep up from behind and clear the danger.

As things turned out, van Dijk’s pass and Mane’s exquisite first touch left Neuer stranded at the top of his box, which the Liverpool striker took full advantage of by dinking the ball into the back of the net.