Monday 18 March 2019

'It's not really necessary' - Virgil van Dijk with a message to Liverpool fans after draw with Leicester

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk after the match last night. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk after the match last night. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Virgil van Dijk believes the Liverpool fans were showing signs of nerves as they watched their team against Leicester on Wednesday night, but he insists the tense atmosphere at Anfield did not affect the players.

Liverpool missed a chance to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night, as they could only draw 1-1 with Leicester after Manchester City's shock defeat against Newcastle 24 hours earlier.

While Van Dijk admitted the desire to win the club's first Premier League title in 29 years is adding to the pressure in the title race, he insists Jurgen Klopp's squad want to embrace the challenge.

When asked if he felt there were a tension inside Anfield for the Leicester game, Van Dijk stated: "It sounded like it. It didn't transmit to me and I don't think it did to my team-mates, but obviously you get that feeling from the crowd and I think it's not really necessary at the moment.

"Obviously everyone wants to win so bad and that's what we want as well but sometimes you need to be very patient. In the end it's all about showing on the pitch and we're not going to be affected by that.

"We want everyone to cheer us on and keep pushing even if we have tough moments, even if we're 1-0 down or maybe more. We just need everyone to pull in the same direction and keep going, that's the only way forward.

"Disappointment is not the right word. We started amazingly with the goal from Sadio and then it was a tough game against a good opponent. We don't need to forget that as well, they are just a good team and we were unlucky that we didn't win."

Liverpool next face a trip to face West Hame on Monday night, with Van Dijk eager to promote a positive vibe ahead of the trip to east London.

"We just kept pushing, we were on the front foot, we had our dangerous moments, and obviously we were looking for the second one, but they scored in the last couple of seconds of the first half which was a bit frustrating, especially how we conceded.

We gave the free-kick away unnecessarily and then obviously stepping forward and it was not offside. It was a bit all over the place and something we have to look at.

"The pitch was horrendous. It was full of ice but they need to deal with that as well. We had most of the ball and it was difficult to break them down. At times we were dangerous, but in the end it wasn't enough to score a goal.

"What was missing? A bit of luck I think, a bit of extra edge maybe that we sometimes have a little bit more of. There are a lot of circumstances that played a part."

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