Monday 21 October 2019

Virgil van Dijk sounds the rallying cry for Liverpool ahead of a crucial week

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk rues a missed chance during the Premier League match at Goodison Park. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk rues a missed chance during the Premier League match at Goodison Park. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Virgil van Dijk has sounded the rallying cry for Liverpool as they prepare for what could be a defining week in their season, as he suggested calm heads are required ahead of games against Burnley and Bayern Munich.

Liverpool will aim to stay in touching distance of Premier League leaders Manchester City when they cost Burnley at Anfield on Sunday before they head into a Champions League clash against Bayern Munich looking to plot a route to the quarter-finals after a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield.

Pressure has been bulking around Jurgen Klopp's side, with five draws in their last seven matches evidence of a drip in fortunes, yet defensive talisman Van Dijk is convinced focus is the key in the pursuit of trophies.

"Stay calm. Personally, I am always calm because you can't get influenced by the media or by fans from different clubs or what else," Van Dijk told the Liverpool website.

"There are nine games left and anything is possible. The next challenge for us is Burnley and it's going to be a tough one, so we'll see after that how it is going to be. We have Champions League coming up, we have the international break coming up, so there are so many things that can change. We'll see what it brings us.

"We need to get the win. At this stage, it's the most important thing – to get the three points. It doesn't really matter how, but we want to show good football as well.

"That's what we're going to try but if that doesn't work, we'll try with hard work and hopefully be able to get the points."

Liverpool battled hard to secure a 3-1 win against Burnley at Turf Moor in December, with Van Dijk expecting another tough battle against Sean Dyche's side.

"We know how tough they can be," he added. "When we played them away, it was a very difficult game.

"They're very direct, with a lot of hard work, they put good pressure on opponents, so it's going to be tough – but we want to show why we're in this race and make sure we're going to be more than ready to give everything for the three points.

"Burnley deserve all of the respect they get because they are a good team, they work hard, the manager has a specific way of playing that suits them very well, so it's going to be very tough.

"But I know it's going to be very tough for them as well. If we are at more than 100 per-cent, like we want to be, then we have a great chance to get the points, but you still need to be at that level. We want to be at that level, so let's just show it."

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