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
However, the Holland captain said praise had to be shared
"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
"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
"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."
- TeamTalk Media