Virgil van Dijk conceding 3-goals vs Salzburg: It’s a “good sign”
Following Liverpool’s thrilling 4-3 win over Salzburg in the Champions League, Virgil van Dijk gave a series of post-match interviews.
The Dutch defender was repeatedly asked to analyse how Liverpool let in three goals to the Austrians.
Van Dijk, rather than being too despondent about Salzburg’s goals, took the opportunity to claim that it’s a “good sign” for how Liverpool can still improve this season.
In an interview with Viasport, van Dijk said:
There’s room for improvement. That’s pretty obvious.
Obviously they were good, a lot of movement upfront. When there was a second ball, it was theirs every time, especially in the second half, but I’m very happy that we won in the end.
You give them credit as well. Salzburg are a good team. They play good football, a lot of pressing, and they kept going, so you give them credit as well.
Obviously, we can do better, and it’s a sign that we still have to improve.
We’re not talking about goals that we concede [in the dressing room]. We just want to do better. We want to score more goals. We want to, especially, get the win, and we did.
.@VirgilvDijk: – There’s room for improvement. That’s pretty obvious.
— Viasport Fotball (@ViasportFotball) October 2, 2019
Jurgen Klopp: Jamie Vardy could score five goals
Liverpool return to Premier League action this Saturday with a home match against Leicester.
Following the Salzburg game, Jurgen Klopp’s attention immediately switched to the Foxes match.
Klopp expressed his fears that Jamie Vardy could score five goals if Liverpool defend as poorly this weekend:
I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will think if we defend like that against Leicester on Saturday, Jamie Vardy will run around our goalkeeper and score five times!
How do I explain that? The first 30 minutes were some of the best football I’ve seen at Liverpool so far. We had a clear identity and did everything they didn’t like at high speed.
We scored three and could have scored more – but they changed their system, we changed our approach a little bit, and our defending didn’t make sense.
It wasn’t the goals as such, they played some great football. But we gave the ball away for the first goal, the third goal, and the positioning was just rubbish!