Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is focused on reality and does not care about statistics.
Virgil van Dijk and his Liverpool side, maintained their 100% record this weekend. To make it seven wins out of seven games in the Premier League.
There is plenty of talk about this being their year, and Manchester City is not the team they were.
The Dutch centre-back, who has been instrumental in Jurgen Klopp’s revival at Liverpool, is not getting carried away.
The 1-0 victory over newly-promoted Sheffield United this weekend was far from convincing.
In fact, but for a calamitous error from young goalkeeper Dean Henderson, that 100% record might be in tatters right now.
If the Reds look back, their run is even more remarkable, given that if you take into consideration the end of last season, it is a 16 game Premier League winning streak they are on.
Three more wins and they break the record set by Manchester City in the 2017/18 season of 18 wins on the bounce.
Van Dijk however, is focused on the task at hand.
He pays neither the press, the record or the statistics any attention. The game and the cold hard facts are all that concern him
In an interview reported by goal.com, he said:
“It’s the media who love statistics.”
“The reality is we have nothing at the moment. We want to continue to do well and there’s still plenty of room for improvement.”
It is often said, that wins like Liverpools against Sheffield United, are the sign of Championship winning team. But Van Dijk is having none of it.
“No. It’s far too early.”
“We’re almost in October and the busy period will come.”
“There are still so many games left and the only thing we focus on is the game ahead of us.”
he is only focused on Liverpool and doesn’t care what anyone else is doing.
“We don’t want to look at the others because there’s no point doing that.”
“Everyone realises that as well because last season we saw how it turned quickly.”
“We just want to focus on the game ahead of us.”
While he admits they were fortunate and he felt for Henderson, he is happy with the win.
“They made it very hard for us and I’m very happy we got the three points.”
“We have to win every game, that’s how it is. Everyone knew how tough it would be.”
“It’s a great place to come, passionate fans, a great atmosphere. It was a tough game.”
“Sympathy [for Henderson]? I’m just thinking about my team and the fact we won.”
“It doesn’t matter for me how the goal has gone in, it has gone in and that’s what matters.”
This is the only competition they have been defeated on so far this season.