Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed insights into how he managed to stop Erling Haaland during the Premier League game last night.
Virgil van Dijk has opened up on how Liverpool can be only the second team in the Premier League to prevent Erling Haaland from scoring. The Norwegian has scored an impressive 15 goals in just nine games since his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, but he failed to score. At Anfield last night (Sunday October 16, 2022) and the Reds collected three full points in this exciting match.
Van Dijk was at the heart of the Reds’ defense, which changed little as Joe Gomez and James Milner both started. But the people who are really leaders It is the Dutchman who made Haaland increase the number of doors and in fact Haaland has scored just six times this game, losing possession of the ball from four interceptions and losing six of his offensive defensive duels against opponents in total . Liverpool The winning goal was scored 14 minutes before the end of time.
It was a victory that took the Reds to eighth in the Premier League table and it came from playing strong at the back of the team. Including van Dijk clearing the ball off the UFABET goal line and the Reds star gave insights on how he managed to stop Haaland. Including also praising the atmosphere of competition arising from the supporters in Anfield.
“That’s what the defenders have to do. keep trying and keep fighting That’s what you have to do in every game , if you reduce the percentage (in effort) a little. they will punish you we are doing very well It’s important to keep a clean sheet and move on. So now we’re focusing on West Ham,” he told Sky Sports . need to communicate a lot Today we showed It takes a lot of energy or effort. good to get three points I think it will always be very intense. That’s what has happened over the years.”
“In the first half, I think we played quite well. Didn’t lose the ball that much. In the second half we didn’t create many chances. We defended more but had chances to score when most of the players were on the other half of the pitch. We won, that’s the most important thing. When something happens in a game, that [the atmosphere on the pitch] adds fuel to the fire for us.” “It starts with the hard work we put in on the pitch. That’s the minimum for this beautiful club. we have shown That’s the energy we need to get back to push us forward and maintain that advantage. They play a big part in this. And that’s what we need for the rest of the time. especially after our difficult start.
This is only the third clean sheet Liverpool have done in the top flight this season. Defensive issues have been one of their biggest disasters this season. They will hope Haaland’s shutdown this time will be the real start of the team for the season. The Reds host West Ham at Anfield on Wednesday 19 October for their next Premier League game, a win over the Hammers could see them move up to fifth in the Premier League. Table if other match results are favorable