English Premiership

Reds will challenge until the end - Van Dijk

2019-03-27 08:38
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Virgil van Dijk believes it is possible for Liverpool to succeed in both the Premier League and Champions League this season.

The Reds will resume their battle with Manchester City for the top-flight this weekend when they face Tottenham at Anfield and currently sit two points clear of the Citizens in first, albeit they have played a game more.

With seven games remaining for Liverpool, the fight for the Premier League looks likely to go down to the wire and the Merseyside outfit are hopeful that is one of two prizes they are collecting at the end of the season.

Van Dijk, who started both of the Netherlands’ matches during the international break, remains upbeat on their chances of doing the double, believing the squad has what it takes to end the club’s six-year wait for silverware.

"With Liverpool, we are where we want to be. Everything is positive," he said.

"We are in the race for the Premier League, and in the race for the Champions League.

"It is going to be very tough, but we will challenge until the end in both of those competitions."

Jurgen Klopp’s men are through to the Champions League quarter-finals where they will face Porto and are expected to get the better of the Portuguese side having dumped them out of Europe last season.

Van Dijk is keen not to underestimate Porto and is expecting a tricky tie, particularly with the second leg being away from home.

He added: "The experience Liverpool had in getting to the Champions League final last year will help, but it doesn’t guarantee anything this season.

"People are saying that Porto is the easiest draw ever – but they are a very difficult team to play against.

"They are not in the quarter-finals for no reason, and we have to be ready for them."

 

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