Virgil van Dijk has opened up on how Liverpool were able to become just the second Premier League team to prevent Erling Haaland from scoring.
Haaland has scored a astonishing 15 goals in just nine games since he joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund. But he fired a blank at Anfield on Sunday evening, with Liverpool instead claiming all three points in a pulsating clash.
Van Dijk was at the heart of the Reds’ defence, which had a slightly makeshift look to it, with Joe Gomez and James Milner both starting. But with the Dutchman leading the way, Haaland was prevented from adding to his goal tally.
“It is [blood and thunder] it’s a lot of running, communication. Who wants it more. Today we showed it. Takes a lot, good to get three points. I think it was always going to be very intense, that’s whats been happening over the last years.“
“First-half, I thought we played quite well, didn’t give much away, I don’t think we created too much the second-half we defended more but had chances to score on the break. We won, that’s the most important thing. When certain moments happen in the game it [the atmosphere] puts fuel in the fire for us“
“It started with the hardwork we put on the pitch, that’s the minimum for this beautiful club. We showed that, that’s the energy we had back was definitely needed to push us forward and keep the big advantage, they played a big part in this and that’s what we need for the rest of the especially after our difficult start.” The Dutchman said.
It was just the third clean sheet Liverpool have kept in the top-flight this season, with defensive issues being one of their biggest downfalls this term. They will hope that the shutting out of Haaland can be the kickstart their campaign needs