“We must be self-assured … we must be self-assured”: Virgil van Dijk says there is “no reason to panic” after the first defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and supports the Reds to hit back at Anfield
- Liverpool lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Last-16
- The contest holders were not in color and failed to register a shot at goal
- Virgil van Dijk emphasized that it is ‘only half’ and says that the reds will overthrow the band
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk gathered the troops after their first leg defeat against the Champions League in Atletico Madrid.
The leaders of the Premier League were brought back to earth with their first defeat in every competition since September, because the Saul Niguez strike was enough to win a 1-0 win before the parties meet next month at Anfield.
The Spanish outfit frustrated Liverpool and did not allow them to play their natural game, causing them to run to 25 points at the top of the rankings, but Van Dijk believes it is not time for panic stations.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk supports the team to defeat Atletico Madrid
“Look, it was frustrating, but it’s only half the time,” said the 28-year-old.
“There is no reason for negativity, no reason for panic. We must be self-assured, we must be self-assured.
“We cannot in any way overthrow this defeat. We are never happy with losses. It has also been a while, but we must go on and believe in ourselves as we always do.
Liverpool wants to be inspired by their stunning comeback against Barcelona in the semi-final of last season – where the men of Jurgen Klopp had a much more difficult task of defeating 3-0 against Lionel Messi and Co.
The Dutch defender was powerless to prevent Saul Niguez from shooting off the Spanish side
But they shocked Barca with a 4-0 thrashing to book a place in the final before they lift the trophy after they defeated Tottenham 2-0.
Van Dijk says that Liverpool does not regret the way they have tackled the game against Atletico and is focusing on another 90 minutes at Anfield to put things right.
‘Look, we expected them to be like that, in the end it’s all football. The fans helped them, it is also a difficult atmosphere for the referee to be there.
‘We have managed the game as well as possible when everyone around you jumps.
“But it started with the goal we had admitted. We gave them something to hold. Everyone has to deal with it. We are frustrated that we have lost but still have 90 minutes. “