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Van Dijk targets European & domestic glory: “Believe or stay at home”

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Virgil van Dijk has got his eyes set firmly on winning both the Premier League and Champions League following Liverpool’s 2-0 win against FC Porto.

The Dutch centre-back played the entire 90 minutes to help Liverpool keep a clean sheet in Tuesday’s 2-0 first-leg triumph against Porto in their quarter-final tie at Anfield.

The Reds, who lost last season’s final to Real Madrid in Kiev, are now just four games shy of winning a first Champions League crown since 2005.

Liverpool also have a very strong chance of ending a 29-year wait for league glory this term, with a two-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table heading into their final five matches.

Should Jurgen Klopp’s side hold on to claim domestic and European glory, it will first time an English team has done so since Manchester United during the 2007/08 campaign.

“It’s still something we need to believe and do, but if you think about it, what is nine games?” said Van Dijk, according to Yahoo.

“You have to believe otherwise you can just stay home next time. Go for it.

“We played a tough team, good result, but it’s not over. It’ll be even harder over there [in Porto], but, hopefully, we do the job and go to the next round.

“We should be confident anyway, it’s a great time to be a Liverpool player and, hopefully, there are nine games left if everything goes well, fingers crossed.

“We’ll give everything we’ve got then have a well-deserved break after.”

Although he did add: “All the teams still in it have all the chance to win the trophy.

“But we’ll believe in ourselves to keep going and hopefully reach the final again, because that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Liverpool will host Chelsea in a Premier League match on Sunday at Anfield before travelling to Portugal for the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto next Wednesday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 09: Liverpool fans show their support prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield on April 09, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)