Virgil Van Dijk insists there shall be no panic at Liverpool following defeat within the first leg of their Champions League tie towards Atletico Madrid.
The holders might want to overturn a 1-Zero mixture deficit when the perimeters meet at Anfield subsequent month to achieve the quarter-finals after Saul Niguez scored the one aim on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Niguez struck after simply 4 minutes and Atletico then sat again, a lot to Liverpool’s irritation, to protect their benefit in what was a dour contest slowed by the house facet’s frequent time-wasting and play-acting.
Van Dijk mentioned: “We’re very pissed off, it was a irritating sport.
“We knew it was going to be a battle and really robust as a result of they’re very organised. It’s a must to be very affected person and clearly the aim we conceded doesn’t assist.
“However we’re midway by means of. We’re nonetheless optimistic, nonetheless assured. We all know we’re going to have possibilities.
“I feel it’s a must to be assured in your individual potential and we shall be. Now we have been so good up to now this season.
“It’s by no means good to lose however we ought to be assured, not panicking. Clearly we are going to take loads of good issues from this and do the unhealthy issues higher.”
The sport adopted an unfamiliar sample for Jurgen Klopp’s males, who’ve gained 25 of their 26 video games within the Premier League this season and look set to finish their 30-year anticipate the title.
They dominated possession however did not have a single shot heading in the right direction. Mohamed Salah missed their finest probability when he headed large within the second half.
Ultimately a sloppy begin value them with Niguez poking house because the guests did not clear a nook.
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— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 18, 2020
Previous to the nook Liverpool had felt Atletico have been incorrectly awarded a throw-in however Van Dijk didn’t make that a difficulty.
The Holland worldwide mentioned: “I used to be stunned the ref didn’t see it and I don’t know if the VAR can provide that.
“It was unlucky they scored from a scrappy nook. I assumed it was fairly clear however now we have to cope with it.”
Liverpool may also need to fight what they felt have been delaying techniques and gamesmanship from the Spanish facet after they meet once more.
Supervisor Klopp revealed after the sport that he withdrew Sadio Mane at half-time as a result of he had been booked and he feared Atletico’s antics might get him despatched off.
Van Dijk mentioned: “We all know what to anticipate. Each contact (somebody) is usually happening and attempting to wind us up a bit.
“Generally it’s troublesome to maintain the feelings however we needed to cope with it. Now we have to be ready however at Anfield it might be a totally completely different sport.”
Liverpool are ready for updates on the health of Jordan Henderson after the captain left the sphere 10 minutes from time with a hamstring harm.