Virgil van Dijk states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Napoli
The Liverpool FC star is confident the Reds can use the Anfield atmosphere to their advantage on Tuesday night
Virgil van Dijk is confident Liverpool FC can utilise the Anfield atmosphere to book their place in the Champions League knockout stage.
The Reds are in a precarious position in their Champions League group given Liverpool FC are in third place following a 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain last time out.
Liverpool FC can still qualify for the last 16 if the Merseyside outfit beat Napoli 1-0 or win by two clear goals at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The 18-time English champions lost 1-0 to Napoli in Naples in their second fixture of the campaign after Lorenzo Insigne scored a last-ditch winner.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will enter the Champions League clash in high spirits after Liverpool FC were 4-0 winners against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds managed to hoist themselves above Manchester City before the Citizens suffered a 2-0 loss to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge hours after Liverpool FC’s landslide win.
Speaking to ESPN ahead of Liverpool FC’s must-win clash against Napoli, Van Dijk underlined the importance of the Anfield atmosphere.
“We’re not going to think about ’we just need to score one,” Van Dijk said.
“We just want to win the game, don’t concede and then hopefully everything will be alright. They [Napoli] are very good, but we are very good as well.”
Van Dijk added: “It [the Anfield atmosphere on European nights] very special. I don’t think there’s anything like it. The games we played last year against Man City and Roma at home were unbelievable, the atmosphere. It’s just something special.
“You need to experience it so you can properly explain it, and to play in those circumstances is something special. Celtic Park [Van Dijk’s former club] was outstanding as well, I enjoyed every bit there, so it might be a bit similar.
“But they are two amazing clubs, and I’m glad that I’ve played for them. I’m very happy that I play for Liverpool now.”
Van Dijk moved to Liverpool FC in a £75m deal from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window.
The Netherlands international has helped Liverpool FC to keep 10 clean sheets in their 16 games in the Premier League this term.