Van Dijk opens up on what Reds must do to keep title hopes alive
The Reds will play Frank Lampard's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
If there is one thing demanding from the Liverpool players to retain their Premier League title, it is consistency, a feel that gears supporter’s dependability on the team.
Liverpool have maintained that steadiness since last two season where they were one point galloped by Man City to win the League in a total of 97 points for the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s men lost three and drew thrice last season, amassing 99 points with points difference of 19 against second-placed Man City.
The Reds stretched their unbeaten matches at Anfield to sixty after another thrilling 4-3 performance against Leeds United on Saturday.
Van Dijk says although steadying the Liverpool ship is a tough decision, yet it is what the team requires to defend their League title.
“Consistency is the most difficult thing in football, I think – to keep doing it week in, week out. Year after year. And that’s something that we try to achieve,” Van Dijk told Premier League Productions.
“Obviously if you look at the last two seasons in the league, we have been very consistent. We have been putting in performances week in, week out and managing to find a win or get a good result – and obviously some games were better than the others – and hit a certain level of consistency that made us, especially last year, the champions of England. And that’s the difficult part.
“The season has just started with one game in and the season is going to be so long, so we’re not looking what’s going to happen at the end of the year, we are just focused about what’s happening at this case now.”
Van Dijk was on the scoresheet against Leeds United in the Reds Premier League opener. His error also resulted in Patrick Bamford’s second goal for the visitors.
They will visit a resilient Chelsea strengthened with skillful young lads including Liverpool’s much linked Timo Werner at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Asked on the Reds method of defining games, he opened, “I can only speak for what we think about our situation and at the moment how we approach games – and that’s the same as we’ve been doing for the last three years.
“We are trying to look at games that are ahead of us and not think about what’s going to happen the next two or three months. We just focus on what is in front of us, try to win that, and give everything we’ve got.
“Obviously it’s going to be tough because the consistency is the most difficult thing in football, not just personally as a footballer but as a team as well. So yeah, it’s a big challenge for all of us but we should definitely be looking forward to it.”