Aston Villa shocked the world last weekend after defeating defending champions Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park.
Despite the horrendous defeat, Virgil Van Dijk is confident that his side will bounce back in the much anticipated Merseyside derby.
Aston Villa put multiple goals on Liverpool before the half in a display that lit Villa Park alight. Even the worlds best defender, Van Dijk, did not have a solution to save his side from the terror that ensued.
Although acquiring some excellent additions this year, Liverpool are undergoing a transitional period in their title defence. There is no doubt that this term will hold a lot more challenges than the last.
Liverpool was victorious in its first three league encounters. However, these wins were not so convincing and easily could have gone the other way. Newly promoted Leeds held Liverpool to a 7 goal thriller that saw the Reds narrowly win 4-3 with a converted penalty proving the difference.
Following the defeat at Villa, Virgil Van Dijk is suggesting that all Liverpool players must take responsibility for the loss. Speaking further on the match, the Dutch international indicated that Liverpool will have a target on their back given their recent success.
Virgil is maintaining that Liverpool must keep fighting.
Speaking to Eddie Hearn’s ‘No Passion, No Point’ podcast on BBC Sounds:
“That is what life is about, especially these days. For me, I want to give everything I have got until I retire and then have no regrets after.”
“I don’t want any regrets afterward, I think that would be the worst feeling you can have. It is going to be challenging times coming up.”
“We are champions – something that took a while.”
We should enjoy the moment and go for it.”
Liverpool are yet to play in front of their own supports at Anfield since lifting their first league title of the Premier League era. Their fans play a huge part in their success and in building the fortress that is Anfield. Van Dijk believes that no fans have had an impact on his side of late.
“The fans can play a massive part in difficult times during games and also at good time in games,” he added.
“When you conceded the fans will lift you and when you score they make the opponent go further away form you.”
“Its the same case for everyone, but for us in particular everyone knows how difficult it is ot play at Anfield with the fans behind us. Hopefully, things can change as soon as possible because we need fans.”
Can Liverpool recover to their true best and defend their Premier League crown?