Published: Mon, December 24, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Virgil van Dijk issues Liverpool FC rallying cry ahead of crunch games

Virgil van Dijk issues Liverpool FC rallying cry ahead of crunch games

Jurgen Klopp said his Liverpool side may need to surpass Manchester City's record points total to win the Premier League after a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday (Dec 21) guaranteed them top spot at Christmas.

"Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow, and we are trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title, not just for the top four". They will all win as well. So... We do discuss things.

Eight of the last nine champions in the Premier League were in first place at Christmas.

Palace, though, did end City's run of 18 consecutive league wins on December 31 last season with a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, and might have won had goalkeeper Ederson not saved an injury-time penalty from Luka Milivojevic. We want to be compact but wide as well which makes it hard.

The Merseyside Reds scored the opener in the 18th minute, through their Egyptian Star Mohamed Salah. "We take it game by game". The heavy rain was hard for both teams tonight. We were really quick in mind around two set pieces which was brilliant.

"Dejan [Lovren] as well, playing after he had not a ideal pre-season and all that stuff, but now having game after game and that's all good".

Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Wolves last night and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match.

The Liverpool forward has not had a bad season at Anfield by any means, but he was so exceptionally good during his first campaign at the club, in 2017-18, that he was always going to be measured to an impossible standard this time around.

The same two came up against each other again in the 10th minute as Wolves' counter-attacking game plan nearly paid off when Raul Jimenez released Traore, but once again Van Dijk stood his ground and the speedy Wolves attacker could only drill wide.

Wolves next travel to Fulham on Boxing Day, live on Sky Sports.

"These nights are very important for us". We knew that we needed to be ready. "I think today there were a couple moments when they were unsafe, but we did well".

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