Van Dijk on Liverpool defeat We still have things to improve

Van Dijk on Liverpool defeat We still have things to improve

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has recognized that they still have a lot of work to do following their 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on SundayThe Netherlands captain had handed Liverpool a first-half lead at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.But the lead was not to last with American striker Christian Pulisic winning a penalty and then converting the spot-kick to bring Dortmund back level in the game.The 19-year-old then grabbed his second of the game before Danish winger Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed Dortmund’s third of the match in the 92nd minute.Speaking to the club website after the defeat, a frustrated Van Dijk admitted that Liverpool still have work to do before the start of the season but also voiced his confidence that the team will overcome their issues in time.“There are a lot of things we need to improve but it’s pre-season and we have worked hard to improve other aspects of our game, so it’s bit of a pity that we lose in the last five minutes of the game,” said the 27-year-old.“We still have things to improve on and that’s what we are working on every day.“It was very humid today, hot, and I think everyone had to dig in. We have trained a lot over the last couple of days, this morning as well, but it’s all part of the pre-season; getting fit and getting better, basically with the hard work we have put in.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“And you want to play today’s kind of games and get ready for what’s coming this season.”Superb cross. Brilliant header. ??#ICC2018 #LFCPreSeason pic.twitter.com/sZ779RUaXg— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 22, 2018While the encounter ended on a disappointing note, Van Dijk scored only his second goal for Liverpool on Sunday.The only other time the Dutchman had scored for Liverpool before was back in January when he found the back of the net against Merseyside rivals Everton in his debut at Anfield.“It’s been a while but it was a great corner from the boys. Robbo [Andy Robertson] put in a great delivery and I’m happy I could score the goal.”On the travelling supporters that applauded the team after the defeat, Van Dijk said: “I’m very proud to play for this club and you see the turnout, it’s fantastic and I’m enjoying every bit of it and hopefully it’s going to be the same in the next few days.”last_img

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