Liverpool Star, Virgil Van Dijk has praised his team’s ability to stay put under tensed pressure, saying its key to their amazing English Premier League title charge after recovering from behind to beat West Ham 3 goals to 2.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is 22 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City and needs just four more wins to guarantee to win their first top-flight title for 30 years.
Even with having a huge points gap, Liverpool has had to overcome some hindrances to their season-long unmatched record in recent times
They were 2-1 down to the Hammers on Monday with 22 minutes to go while they beat Norwich with a solitary 78th-minute goal earlier this month.
Defender Van Dijk praised the mental strength of his teammates, who have won 26 and drawn just one of their 27 Premier League matches.
“Not being nervous, that is the main thing,” he said. “Keep going and keep playing and keep pressing. There will be moments when the opponent is going to have problems if we keep doing the same thing.
“They (West Ham) were a little bit better in the second half than the beginning, they played quite well but I think not being nervous is the main thing.”
West Ham’s opening goal by Issa Diop was the first conceded at Anfield in 11 hours and 27 minutes.
“We all want the clean sheet, we all want eight goals, that is what every footballer wants but in reality sometimes you have difficult nights,” said the Dutch international.
“We had a difficult night but we kept our cool.”
Since returning from their mid-season break, Klopp’s side appear to have lacked some of their previous fluency, labouring to beat Norwich and West Ham and losing to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Spain.
But Van Dijk said the time off had not dulled their fire.
“I think we should take advantage of the break we had,” he added. “Everyone had their time off, we all enjoyed it and we are all ready for the second part of the season.”
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