Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk acknowledges supporters through the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Huddersfield at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on April 26, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool’s means to remain calm below strain is the important thing to their astonishing Premier League title cost after they got here from behind to beat West Ham Three-2.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet are 22 factors forward of second-placed Manchester Metropolis and wish simply 4 extra wins to ensure to win their first top-flight title for 30 years.
Regardless of the massive factors hole, Liverpool have needed to overcome some threats to their season-long unbeaten file in current weeks.
They have been 2-1 all the way down to the Hammers on Monday with 22 minutes to go whereas they beat Norwich with a solitary 78th-minute aim earlier this month.
Defender Van Dijk praised the psychological energy of his teammates, who’ve received 26 and drawn simply certainly one of their 27 Premier League matches.
“Not being nervous, that is the main thing,” he stated. “Preserve going and preserve enjoying and preserve urgent. There will likely be moments when the opponent goes to have issues if we preserve doing the identical factor.
“They (West Ham) have been a bit of bit higher within the second half than the start, they performed fairly properly however I believe not being nervous is the primary factor.”
West Ham’s opening aim by Issa Diop was the primary conceded at Anfield in 11 hours and 27 minutes.
“We all want the clean sheet, we all want eight goals, that is what every footballer wants but in reality sometimes you have difficult nights,” stated the Dutch worldwide.
“We had a difficult night but we kept our cool.”
Since getting back from their mid-season break, Klopp’s facet seem to have lacked a few of their earlier fluency, labouring to beat Norwich and West Ham and dropping to Atletico Madrid within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Spain.
However Van Dijk stated the break day had not dulled their fireplace.
“I think we should take advantage of the break we had,” he added. “Everyone had their time off, we all enjoyed it and we are all ready for the second part of the season.”