Van Dijk: ‘What we perform cannot be taken for grante’

Virgil van Dijk acknowledges that Liverpool had to go deep to qualify for the Champions League final. The Dutch defender is happy with the resilience The Reds showed.
“It was hard work,” says Van Dijk at BT Sport. “We have to forget about the first half as soon as possible. The early goal didn‘t help us, but we weren’t good enough. We had to go deep, we had to be adults, but in the second half we were excellent both with and without the ball.”
What message did the Liverpool players receive from manager Jürgen Klopp at rest? “Play football, play the Liverpool way,” says Van Dijk. “We had to play like we‘ve been doing all season. Sits on top of the ball, lots of movement But we also had to show how much we wanted to go to the final.”
The sorted effect, as Liverpool trailed 2-0 in a 2-3 victory. Van Dijk is grateful, among other things, to substitute Luis Díaz. “Luis Díaz was incredible. No matter who he faces, he is fearless in the one-on-one. And when he loses the ball, he tries to get it back as soon as possible. He just keeps going. That is very difficult to defend.”
“In the first half, we didn’
t play football. There was too little movement. As a result, we made the wrong choices and lost the ball in difficult situations. But if you complain about that too much while we go to Paris, then we are very hard on ourselves. What we are performing this season cannot be taken for granted,” said the Orange captain, who is still in the race for the quadruple with Liverpool.