It definitely wasn’t the best match of the season, but Liverpool managed to hold on to three points against Wolves barely a few days after defeating Leicester City 4-0. Virgil van Dijk, who was celebrating his hundredth appearance for Liverpool, didn’t exactly have the best game (I’m still trying to forget the moment where he tripped over and gave the ball to Wolves right outside the penalty box), but in his defense, Wolves are a great team and he was probably exhausted.
“It was [tough]. Wolves are a good team, made it very difficult for us and have good players,” Van Dijk told the club’s official website after the match. ”It’s never easy for both sides to play in the circumstances – last week and this week a lot of games, travelling for both sides.
”They made it tough for us and we’re obviously very happy that we kept the three points. You have to be very patient, you have to stay positive. We kept the ball for a while and were very patient, I think that’s the most important thing.
”It’s not always easy because you want to score goals as quick as possible but you had to be very patient today because they were defending well and when they had the ball they did good things as well. It was tough.”
Van Dijk also weighed in on the perpetual question of “what does this mean for Liverpool’s title race”?
“Obviously we cannot not be positive about the situation we’re in, but we can’t be satisfied,” van Dijk added, throwing in a cheeky double-negative because the Reds are thirteen points clear with a game in hand and that’s just how we roll. ”So far we’re in the middle of the season, halfway through, so we want to achieve more and more.
”The only thing we can do now is make sure we focus on the next game and it will be a tough one again.”
Liverpool meet Sheffield United next Thursday.