London – AFP
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk called on his teammates to improve, after losing to Leicester City, with a clean goal, in order to maintain their chances of competing for the English Premier League title.
Van Dijk did not stand behind excuses to justify the second loss of the “Reds” this season, although the winning team’s goal, which was scored by Ademola Lookman, came from the only shot against Liverpool, while the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah missed a penalty kick in the first half.
Liverpool, who failed to net their opponents for the first time in 29 domestic matches, hopes to return to victories and to the title race when they visit Chelsea on Sunday in the framework of the 21st stage competitions.
Van Dijk believed that the players should study well the reasons for the loss against a team that had suffered a humiliating loss against the defending champion and leader, Manchester City, 3-6 in the previous stage.
“Everyone should look in the mirror and develop,” the Dutch defender told Amazon Prime, stressing at the same time that the word surrender is not in Liverpool’s dictionary, especially since many other factors can arise in the race to crown the Premier League champion.
He stressed that the league is still long, saying: “We are still in December, the season is still long, a lot of things can change.”
And he added: “There is no point in watching Manchester City, Chelsea or other clubs around us. We have to look at our performance and improve.”
Liverpool will have to go through its next benefits without many of its stars, led by Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mane, who will join their teams for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in Cameroon.
Liverpool is second in the league with 41 points, equal with Chelsea, and 6 points behind City.
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