& # 39; You have to have dreams, you have to go for it … why else would you be a footballer? & # 39; Virgil van Dijk draws attention to the glory of the Champions League after the progress of Liverpool to knock-out stages
Carl Markham, Press Association Sport
Liverpool-defender Virgil Van Dijk has big ambitions this season after his dream about the success of the Champions League was kept alive with a victory over Napoli.
A 1-0 victory over Napoli, achieved thanks to equal examples of goalkeeper Mohamed Salah and goalkeeper Alisson Becker, brought progress to the Champions League knockout stage in a must-win encounter in Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp's side is also the top of the Premier League after the best start of the season in their history and Van Dijk admits that it is a good time to be present at the club and really challenging on two fronts.
Liverpool-defender Virgil van Dijk dreams of winning the Champions League this year
The Reds progressed to the knockout rounds after the goal of Mohamed Salah knocked down Napoli
"It's something we all want, it's something we're going to give everything for," he said.
We want to play at the highest level and the Champions League, unlike the Premier League for us, is the highest level.
& # 39; We want to achieve the maximum and hopefully do better than last year in the Champions League. You have to have dreams, you have to go for it, why else would you be a footballer?
& # 39; It is a good time to be a fan or player from Liverpool. It is difficult, but enjoy it and embrace it – these are the days you want to experience as a footballer and that is us. & # 39;
Despite creating a number of chances, with Sadio Mane's radar well out of the target, it still needed that added-time block from Alisson to prevent them from leaving the Champions League.
Defensive Liverpool is as good as they have been for many years, with only six goals in their first 16 Premier League games, and it was that resilience with which they eventually won the race.
Van Dijk revealed that much of it is based on team ethics, which means that you have enough self-confidence to challenge each other to maintain their high standards.
Van Dijk said Alisson was worthy of praise for his extraordinary late rescue against Arkadiusz Milik
"Alisson is also part of the defense and I think we all deserve the praise we receive from you, from the media and so, & # 39; said the captain of Holland.
& # 39; It starts at the front. Of course we have triggers to press and then make it difficult for them. If they reach our goal, we must be ready and that is us.
& # 39; You have to be tough with each other. If things do not go well, you have to tell each other, otherwise it will be too easy. I think that is a sign of a good team.
& # 39; When people yell at me, I take it because they want to make me better and their mistake that they take it when I promise them.
"It's like that, we're all adults, we take it and after the game if you're not happy with it, you discuss it. It is what it is. We had great opportunities and you will get frustrated if you miss those opportunities, including myself.
We could have made it a lot easier, we could have scored two or three, we did not have that, and then it was (important) for us to win our battle and keep it tight and we have done. & # 39;
The Dutchman said that Liverpool could have made life a lot easier if they put aside their chances