Virgil van Dijk has urged his Liverpool teammates to focus on what’s coming next rather than paying attention to their eight-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League
A late penalty confidently dispatched by James Milner helped the Reds overcome Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield, while Wolverhampton Wanderers surprisingly outplayed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium to propel the Merseyside giants eight points clear of the reigning holders.
With the international window stepping forward for the second time this season, Jurgen Klopp’s men will have plenty of time to prepare for their upcoming Premier League showdown against Manchester United.
If the Reds do manage to walk away from Old Trafford with all three points, they will go on a pair with City, matching their record of 18 straight league triumphs.
Preparing for the Netherlands’ forthcoming 2022 Euro qualifier against Northern Ireland, Virgil Van Dijk has given his assessment of Liverpool’s season so far.
“So far, we have been getting the points,” the Dutch defender told Sky Sports News.
'We should just focus on the game' – Van Dijk not looking at Man City points gap.Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool are focused solely on their own performances and are not paying any attention to their eight-point lead over champions Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/sV7CPxnx6M— Captain Fantastic8 (@nattyroons) October 7, 2019
“There is always room for improvement in our game. And I think we should just focus on all the games ahead of us and don’t look at any gaps or points or difference between us and the others, including City.
“There are a lot of busy periods coming up as well with December and January, and anything can happen still.”
The 28-year-old has also commented on City’s unexpected home failure to Wolves, insisting Pep Guardiola’s side will surely rise again.
“I didn’t expect that, of course,” he said. “I think everyone expected a difficult game for City, but when City are at home, it never really happens that they don’t score at least one goal.
“It was a great performance from Wolves, and you have to give credit to them. But they (City) will try and bounce back from it. Until then, I’ve just got to focus on international football.”