Van Dijk – Important to bounce back
Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool must learn from their mistakes against PSG if they are to recover and progress in the Champions League.
The defender’s half-clearance led to the French champions’ crucial opening goal to pave the way for the hosts’ 2-1 victory on Wednesday night – a result that leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side facing a must-win encounter at home to Napoli in order to make the knockout stage.
A 1-0 win or a victory by two goals will get the job done for the Reds at Anfield against the Italians and Van Dijk admits they must learn the lessons from a disappointing evening at the Parc des Princes.
‘There are certain moments where you need to keep your head cool. It was difficult,’ he told LFCTV. ‘There were good things in the second half but to lose is painful.
‘The (first) one I tried to clear, the ball came behind me a little bit and they picked up the second ball. It should have been better there but everyone sometimes makes mistakes. I need to learn from that.
‘The second one was on the break – that’s what they’re good at. We need to do better.’
Klopp’s side did get back into the game when James Milner slotted home a penalty just before half-time although they couldn’t find an equaliser despite a better second-half display.
Van Dijk acknowledged the improvement after the break and says the focus now in the short term will be on Sunday’s Merseyside derby when Everton visit Anfield.
He added: ‘We bounced back in the second half, we did well. Now the point is to recover from this and make sure everyone is ready for the weekend.’
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