Virgil van Dijk, a Liverpool defender, admitted that the club must remember how to play with fun and freedom after Saturday’s 3-3 home draw with Brighton extended their terrible start to the season.
The Reds fell behind 2-0 and ultimately surrendered their late comeback lead, leaving them ninth in the Premier League with ten points from seven games, 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal, who have played one more game.
Plenty of Jurgen Klopp’s players, including Van Dijk, have been criticized for their dismal performances this year, and the Dutchman admitted that Liverpool have struggled to be themselves this season.
“Consistency is the most challenging aspect of football,” stated Van Dijk. “You must accomplish this together, deal with setbacks together, and continue to pursue the same goals. Clearly, we have experienced some setbacks, and it is difficult for all of us to respond appropriately if we are not in the finest possible condition.
“However, I am convinced that we will. What exactly is it? Four months ago, we were contending for every title; currently, we are not in the best position… however, we shall succeed.”
Van Dijk was sure that last year’s failure to win a trophy has no bearing on the current situation. he was asked if Liverpool was still stinging from their failure to win a trophy.
He emphasized, “There is no hangover from that.” “Defense begins at the front, and we do that as a group.”
We play in the top league in the world, where all teams are able to compete with one another, and we must return to that level of consistency and play with joy and freedom. But it all begins with collaboration and hard work.”
Tuesday’s Champions League match against Rangers at Anfield prompted Van Dijk to push Liverpool to demonstrate what has made them so dangerous over the past few seasons.
“Pressure, that’s what we’re always aiming for,” he remarked. “Position yourself in the proper locations and accomplish everything simultaneously. We have been doing it consistently for five years, and we must return to that. And we must remain united.”