"Being ahead of City is not that important, but we have a game at the weekend and we want to win that game".
Kingsley Coman came on as a substitute midway through the second half and caused some trouble for Liverpool's defense.
"In a game like this you can never rest".
"The first goal that Sadio scored in Munich, if he had not scored for five or six games he probably would not have scored but it was completely natural". Again, you saw his qualities during the week. He is a massive threat.
Porto, however, will be no easy prey in the last-eight come April with Cociecao's side now second in the Portuguese Super League, only trailing leaders Benfica on goal difference.
"We have every right to be disappointed by our Champions League exit but we have to clear our heads by Sunday and look ahead", Kovac said.
Even now, he expresses a certain bemusement that there was no one really battling him for the central defender's services when he was already an Under-21 cap for Holland.
Liverpool simply can't afford to slip up at the Cottage and will be looking to Van Dijk to makes sure that doesn't happen. It was really hard for Bayern and we are in the quarter-finals, which is incredible. The boys love this competition.
"I would do Ajax versus Porto, as that would mean one of them reach the semi-finals. The desire was outstanding so all good".
Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Jurgen Klopp's team chose to almost double the previous record, dishing out a whopping £75 million for Van Dijk - unheard-of money for a defender.
He knows all about Liverpool from his spell with them and also plays alongside Van Dijk for Holland at global level.
"You can't imagine how less interested I am in that", he told the media when asked about leaving a legacy at Liverpool.
Wijnaldum is the most senior, established player yet to be rewarded with a new contract after the likes of Salah, Mane, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson all got new deals in the last 12 months. Instead, debates surrounding van Dijk these days tend to be about his status as the best defender in the Premier League and a likely front-runner for the PFA Player of the Year award. "We have a lot to learn, a lot to improve, but we're back".
He went on to explain that, as a result, he feels German football must focus on giving young players a chance in order to find success without having to spend huge amounts on marquee signings.