Virgil van Dijk urges Liverpool to move on quickly from Europa League heartbreak – and highlights how everyone is part of their Premier League title push
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Virgil van Dijk urges Liverpool to move on quickly from Europa League heartbreak – and highlights how everyone is part of their Premier League title push

May 15, 2024
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Virgil van Dijk has urged his Liverpool team-mates to put their Europa League woes behind them and focus on the challenge to come.

Liverpool face Fulham on Sunday and have little time to dwell on their anguish, with ‘six cups finals’ ahead of them as Gary McAllister put it.

The Reds beat Atalanta 1-0 on Thursday night but it wasn’t enough to overturn their 3-0 deficit after a horrific performance at Anfield last week in the first leg. 

”We have to very quickly turn this around, recover, and travel to London on Saturday,’ Van Dijk told TNT Sports.

‘What we have to do is get back up. We’ve been through difficult moments together. Showing maturity, showing togetherness is the key to this, and professionalism to get ready for Sunday as that will also be a tough game. 

Virgil van Dijk insisted Liverpool must move on quickly from their Europa League heartbreak

Virgil van Dijk insisted Liverpool must move on quickly from their Europa League heartbreak

Liverpool were crestfallen after being knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta

Liverpool were crestfallen after being knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta

Jurgen Klopp's side have six games left in the Premier League and are two points off Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp’s side have six games left in the Premier League and are two points off Manchester City

‘We all have a responsibility to be ready for it physically and mentally. 

‘We are disappointed to be out of the competition as we really wanted to win it.’ 

‘We won tonight and we kept a clean sheet, so there are so many more positives we can take. Yes, it is a bad feeling to be out so we have to get back up.

‘We need everyone now for the last push in the league. Hopefully our fans will be there because we need them now more than ever because anything is still possible.’

Liverpool have six games left in the Premier League and sit in third place, two points behind Manchester City. 

They still have to face some of the division’s top sides in their run-in, namely Tottenham and Aston Villa, who are scrapping for fourth place.

This 1-0 win in Bergamo stoppd the rot of three winless games following a 2-2 draw with Manchester United, a 3-0 drubbing by Atalanta, and a frustrating 1-0 defea by Crystal Palace on Sunday.  

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