Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has this morning provided his take on the looming final round of Premier League fixtures.
City and Liverpool’s historic battle
The climax of a thrilling English top-flight campaign is set to arrive tomorrow afternoon.
With both the battle for survival and the top-4 race already decided (barring an Arsenal miracle), though, all eyes will be on Manchester City and Liverpool.
Ahead of their respective meetings with Brighton and Wolves, the Citizens sit a point clear of 2nd-placed Liverpool atop the Premier League table.
A staggering recent run of form on the part of both sides, during which City have racked up 12 consecutive league wins, and Liverpool 8, has resulted in one of the most tightly-contested Premier League title fights in history.
As such, incredibly, even if Jurgen Klopp’s Reds manage to notch their 9th-straight victory tomorrow afternoon, a result which would take their points tally for the season to a whopping 97, they will nevertheless be pipped to the title, if Man City, as expected, put Brighton to the sword.
‘We keep believing’
And, speaking in anticipation of his side’s crunch meeting with Wolves at Anfield, Liverpool star stopper Virgil van Dijk has this morning discussed the prospect of missing out on the Premier League title in such agonizing circumstances.
The Dutchman, though, also urged Reds’ supporters to keep the faith, with his side ready to ‘give everything we’ve got’:
‘It is on. But you have to be realistic.’
‘The way City have been playing all season everyone should expect them to win.’
‘But you never know and the only thing we can do is focus on beating Wolves because that is a very big task as well.’
‘Everyone is talking about Brighton doing something, but we need to focus on what is in front of us because Wolves have been outstanding this season and make it difficult for any team. That’s why they are where they are in the table.’
‘But we’re at home, it’s our last game of the season and we want to give everything we’ve got – and we will.’
‘If we win we’ve done our job, we will have done what we could do and then we will see what will happen at Brighton.’
‘We’ve been showing throughout the whole season in moments that we never give up and keep going. We keep believing, doing the right things.’
‘Sometimes you have that bit of luck, but you’ve got to keep doing the right things.’
van Dijk continued:
‘You will feel a little bit disappointed (if Liverpool finish 2nd) because everyone that close wants to win the league.’
‘That’s the standard that City sets for all of us in the league. They’ve been outstanding and amazing to do it again almost for a second season. It’s unbelievable.’
Quotes via the Express
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