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Virgil van Dijk: It Was a Very Intense Game

The defender talks about the first match back and his hopes for the rest of the season

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So we’re back. We’re back in exactly the way you thought we would be: some worrying injuries, a disappointing second half, and a point away at Goodison Park. Oh, and sometime during self-isolation Jurgen Klopp learnt how to make substitutions. Anyway, a point at Goodison is still a point and we’re very slowly moving our way closer and closer to lifting the Premier League trophy. A difficult game was to be expected, and none of the team seemed surprised, least of all Virgil van Dijk.

“I think it was very intense, I think both sides created small opportunities – obviously they had maybe the biggest one [from Tom Davies] off the post,” van Dijk told Sky Sports after the game.

“Apart from that, I think at times we created some small opportunities, we had the ball quite a lot, and unfortunately we couldn’t find the breakthrough of course, which would have been the most important thing.

“But I think everyone is just happy to be back. We didn’t lose and it’s another step closer to our goal as well.”

When asked how he felt about playing again, especially behind closed doors, van Dijk added:

“[I feel] A lot better. Obviously everyone didn’t know really what to expect, the whole procedure before the game and how things will go, and it was just good to be back out there and I think it’s a fantastic game to be playing, your first game after so long, and hopefully we can keep the good things for Wednesday and do well at home.”

Anfield without the crowds will be strange, but it will still be an excellent game as Liverpool take on Crystal Palace. Hopefully we’ll go up by another three points then, and get one game closer to lifting the trophy.