Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool played well against Napoli

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool organises play during the UEFA Champions League group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo on September 17, 2019 in Naples, Italy.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lost to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool organises play during the UEFA Champions League group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo on September 17, 2019 in Naples, Italy.

Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk has told The Guardian that his side played well against Napoli on Tuesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Napoli away from home in Naples, Italy in their opening Champions League game of the season.

The Reds, who won the Champions League last season, went behind in the 82nd minute when Dries Mertens found the net from the penalty spot.

Then in the second minute of injury time, a mistake from Netherlands international central defender Van Dijk saw former Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente make it 2-0 to the home team.

 

Liverpool defender Van Dijk - who is valued at €120 million (£106.27m) by the CIES Football Observatory - believes that his side played well despite the loss to Napoli.

Van Dijk told The Guardian: “I don’t know if it’s a wake-up call. Both sides were full in the game and thought it was going to be a draw.

“Obviously the penalty changed it all and we’re going home with no points but it shouldn’t be a wake-up call. We’ve been performing since the start of the season outstanding so there’s no reason for panic.

“The majority in the game we played well, we put them under pressure and we created opportunities on the break. There’s a lot of positive things apart from the result.”

Bouncing back

Napoli are a good team, and there is no shame in losing in Naples, and there is no need for Liverpool to panic.

The Reds should have done better in Italy, and now they will be determined to bounce back.

Liverpool will return to action on Sunday evening when they take on Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool look dejected during the UEFA Champions League group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo on September 17,...

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