Following Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup, Virgil van Dijk was asked about his reaction to missing out on the competition’s silverware. And with Champions League qualification teetering on the brink due to the away loss to Atlético Madrid, Van Dijk was also pushed to respond to the prospect of Liverpool ending the whole shebang with only a single trophy after such a record-breaking season.
Virgil was quick to push back against accusations that Liverpool should feel diminished as a team due to recent upsets. His confidence remains high. And you can bet Van Dijk’s leadership in the dressing room will be centered on elevating his teammates’ self-belief and not in wallowing in the wake of recent outcomes.
“Just end up with the Premier League? Yeah? Just? It’s just a small thing is it? We also won the Super Cup and the World Cup of [club] teams,” said Van Dijk.
“In life, there are people that are not always satisfied. They are always looking for negative things in life.
”That’s just the reality. Either you’re going to think about these things and go on with it and go on with that negative spirit, or you just focus on the good things, and I’m definitely focusing on the good things.
“We are in a very good situation. Close to what we all hope to achieve. Let’s just go for it, enjoy it.”
Van Dijk and the boys will have another opportunity for a victory on Saturday against Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s team have been good target practice for Liverpool through recent history. And despite the run of poor form, Anfield will get behind Liverpool before they even walk out of the tunnel. If you’re looking for positives, those are two very good things.