English Premiership

Van Dijk: All the Liverpool players contribute defensively

2020-01-21 11:12
Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson
Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the club's defensive improvements this season are not down to only him and Joe Gomez but the entire team.

Sunday's 2-0 victory over Manchester United, which extended the Reds' lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points with a match in hand, was the seventh successive clean sheet in all competitions.

Van Dijk and Gomez featured in six of those matches, the pair missing the FA Cup win over Everton, and since Gomez came into the team as a regular starter on December 14 their record is eight clean sheets in nine games.

However, the Holland captain said praise had to be shared around.

"Everyone is involved in that. We have a fantastic goalkeeper, the full-backs doing their job, our midfielders and stars obviously upfront so it is a whole collective thing," said Van Dijk.

"But obviously as a defender, we are very pleased to keep clean sheets because we all know that with us if we keep a clean sheet there is a big chance to win the game, so it is a good feeling."

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 61 league matches and need just 10 more victories to lift their first title in 30 years.

But for Van Dijk and his team-mates, it is just business as usual.

"We can't deny that we are in a good situation, but we don't get carried away," he added.

"These things don't mean anything at the moment, only at the end of the season. Hopefully, it does mean something at the end of the season.

"We all know why we are doing it. We all know why we work so hard for each other. I think the very good thing about this is that we are always trying to find a way.

"It will never be easy, we all know that, but I think the good thing is we know it is never going to be easy so you can adapt to deal with certain situations.

"Also, the mentality we have we know there are going to be setbacks in games, we know there will be difficult moments in games, but if you are ready to face them it makes it a little bit easier."

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