Virgil van Dijk maintains that nobody panics about the defensive loss of Liverpool versus Red Bull Salzburg
‘We just need to relax’: Virgil van Dijk insists no one panics about Liverpool’s defensive dropout, despite throwing away a three-goal lead at home against Red Bull Salzburg
- Liverpool is surprisingly blown up against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League
- Reds drove 3-0 before concluding three quickfire goals
- Virgil van Dijk claimed that despite defensive capitulation, there was no need to panic
- Mohammed Salah ultimately saved the much needed victory for the Reds
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk maintains that no one panics despite a crazy performance throwing away a three-goal lead and nearly costing them their first Champions League victory this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s team was cruising when Mohamed Salah scored the third in the 36th minute, but a nonchalance came into play that was subsequently penalized with an unusually lax defense.
When Erling Braut Haaland scored the tying run – his 18th of the season – with almost half an hour to go, Anfield felt a sense of disbelief.
Virgil van Dijk insists there is no need to panic after Liverpool have scored three goals
However, Salah came to the rescue 10 minutes later and while Van Dijk admits they should do better, he said the players did not share fans’ concerns.
“Of course everyone wants to panic and stress and maybe look for all the negatives, but we shouldn’t,” he said.
“I don’t even look at the negatives. We know we can do better, but we are human and we cannot always play the perfect game. Sometimes it happens.
“So far we’ve been doing pretty well this season. We shouldn’t forget that after a night where we were a bit disorganized.
“There is no need to panic at all, we just need to relax, see what can be done better.
Van Dijk was caught by a fine skill by Hwang Hee-chan for the first goal of Salzburg
Erling Braut Haaland scored the third for Salzburg to make it 3-3, causing disbelief around Anfield
“Maybe it is a good thing. We know we still need to improve, but we will.
“We will analyze it and we have another tough game against Leicester on Saturday. But we must have confidence and continue to do what we do. ‘
Liverpool’s last two Champions League campaigns have not been without ups and downs, but both have resulted in trips to the final, last season culminating in beating Tottenham in Madrid for their sixth European Cup.
But rarely were those issues at Anfield, where they have not been defeated in the Champions League since a 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in October 2014.
Liverpool’s unbeaten record since 2014 seemed to be in danger
Van Dijk acknowledges that they will face more setbacks along the way, but he thinks their previous experiences have helped overcome those hurdles.
“We now know that we never give up. That’s how we are. We remain calm, we know the opportunities we have if we remain calm and calm, ” he added.
“We were 3-0 up and very comfortable and we put ourselves in a difficult situation, but we won, which is the most important thing, especially in the Champions League where not many teams can compete.
“We have to grind it. We have the three points and that is the most important. ‘
Mohamed Salah eventually crawled home to make it 4-3 and save the victory for the Reds