Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool cannot let anxiety get the better of us

Sherman Parsons
February 1, 2019

The German's predecessor Brendan Rodgers, Rafael Benitez and Gerard Houllier all led Liverpool FC to a second-place finish but fell just short of football immortality.

That result prevented Liverpool from going seven points clear at the summit, as they were unable to fully capitalise upon Pep Guardiola's champions going down to a surprise 2-1 loss at Newcastle United 24 hours earlier.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane cancelled out a Roberto Firmino effort on that occasion, three months after the sides played out a goalless draw in the reverse Premier League fixture.

"To break down a side who defends like Leicester did tonight, you have to accelerate, you have to speed up in decisive areas and sometimes we didn't do it - I don't know why - and sometimes we couldn't because it's hard, you have to control the ball, you have to pass through a compact formation".

"What everyone decides to write or say is up to them; it's irrelevant to us". I give my opinion and we do our best and I'm so satisfied. I think that was a bit of a message.

"Really, they're playing for me like a team that were four points clear of Liverpool, rather than the other way round".

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But you know a player can't be eight points every game, he must be seven points, eight points, six points, but not two. A shell-shocked Manuel Pellegrini faced the press afterwards and was not holding back on his words.

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At the 176-yard par-3 eighth, Rahm hit a tee shot 178 yards at the green, setting himself up for the 5-foot putt for birdie. Rose dedicated the victory to his caddie, Mark Fulcher, who had a heart procedure last week and was watching from home.

"I know that everyone was relying on me in that moment".

"That's not something that we focus on", he said.

The 32-year-old forward has scored seven of the Foxes' last 10 goals against the Reds and all his goals have come in just eight appearances. I can imagine they are not happy with the situation, where are they, 11th? We need to make sure we build on it and use it as a point from which we take hope and belief.

Guardiola had already acknowledged that his side could ill-afford to drop any more points in defence of their crown and a tricky run of games will apply further pressure on the holders.

Guardiola added that club captain Vincent Kompany will not be fit for the Newcastle game, but said full-back Benjamin Mendy is "much better" following a knee problem. When you are behind you have to win games and we couldn't do that.

"Zaha is the sort of player who would suit us down to the ground", Tanner told Patrick Christys' PC Gone Mad (weekdays 12pm-3pm).

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