Virgil van Dijk reacts to Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win over FC Barcelona
Virgil van Dijk has his say on Liverpool FC's 4-0 win over FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night
Virgil van Dijk hailed an “outstanding” victory after Liverpool FC claimed a 4-0 win over FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night to reach the final.
Trailing the Spanish giants 3-0 from the first leg in Spain last week, Liverpool FC were facing an uphill task to book their place in the showpiece of Europe’s elite club competition.
Two goals apiece for Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum secured an incredible 4-0 win over the La Liga champions as Liverpool FC booked their place in the final in Madrid on 1 June.
Van Dijk has been one of Liverpool FC’s most consistent performers this season and he was voted as the PFA player of the year this term.
And the Netherland defender has insisted that he and his team-mates never stopped believing that they could make it past FC Barcelona and reach the final.
Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Mail, Van Dijk said: “I don’t care that others didn’t give us a chance.
“I said it straight after the game over there, the result didn’t reflect what was going on on the pitch. But there was a reality that we were 3-0 down.
“We analysed the game. We had to keep it tight at the back, don’t concede any more. But obviously score goals and we needed a bit of luck as well.
“We kept pressing, we kept going. Everyone was knackered in the end obviously, but it paid off. It was an outstanding and fantastic win.
“We made sure that we fought for the ball together. It doesn’t matter if you’re a left back or a midfielder or whatever, we tried to put them under pressure and make the options they had limited.
“Obviously Barca have a fantastic team and you see sometimes they play through it. But we did what not a lot of teams have done against them and put them under pressure and made it very difficult for them. The goals we scored were outstanding.”
Liverpool FC will now switch their focus back towards Premier League affairs and their final game of the season on Sunday, when they host Wolves at Anfield.
The Reds are currently a point behind leaders Manchester City heading into the final weekend of Premier League games.