Van Dijk says he feels ‘very hurt’ by Liverpool concern but it’s ‘a good thing’

Virgil van Dijk has taken responsibility for Liverpool’s lack of defensive prowess this term, though he notes it can only be “a good thing”.

The Merseysiders have already conceded 11 goals in all competitions (not including the Community Shield), a drop in statistics from a similar stage last season, where Jurgen Klopp’s men had conceded nine after as many games played.

“The only way to do it is to play the games, learn from mistakes, not listen too much to the outside world, talk to people close to you,” the Dutchman was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

“I have said it many times, we are all human beings and we all want to do the best we can and the same happens to me. I know for a fact that I can do much better, but we can all do better.

“It hurts a lot if we concede goals and don’t keep a clean sheet and I feel that responsibility, but that’s a good thing.

“I want to change this season not for myself, but for all of us who are associated with the club.”

More worrying for fans and pundits has been the general drop in performances across the park with the midfielder, in particular, bearing the brunt of the criticism.

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It’s good to see the colossal central midfielder taking personal responsibility for our matches since the start of the season, as his own level has dropped significantly compared to previous seasons.

As many Liverpool fans will already know, it’s not as simple as stating that the No. 4 has suddenly become a worse player compared to last year, as is made clear by the fact that the form of several of his team-mates team has also plummeted. from a precipice

An unexpected break before the internationals could make a world of difference in that regard, providing some time to rest if the team suffers from a post-quad hunt hangover and allowing Klopp and his coaching staff time to iron out the many issues. that afflicts the team in recent times.

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