“it’s disappointing ” Virgil van Dijk slams Liverpool forwards performance after 1-0 loss to Leicester City.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has criticized the club attackers and the entire team performance after a surprising 1-0 defeat to Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
The reds were presented with an opportunity to take the lead early in the first half, as Mohamed Salah won a penalty for the Reds after he was fouled by Wilfred Ndidi in the 15th minute. The Egyptian saw his spot-kick saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Also, Sadio Mane did miss a couple of chances before the hosts made Jurgen Klopp’s side pay as Ademola Lookman scored the winning goal in the 59th minute.
This is just Liverpool’s second loss of the season and leaves the Reds six points behind reigning champion Manchester City, who have won nine games in a row.
Speaking after the match Van Dijk said: “I think they [Leicester] deserved the win but that was obviously also down to us. I think we were poor in the last third.
“A lot of crosses they defended well. Overall, not a good performance. They didn’t create much but looked dangerous on the break which they are good at.
“Credit to them. We have to look at ourselves and improve, which we will do. It’s part of football.
“We will keep trying until the very end. We created good chances but unfortunately today wasn’t the day it went in the back of the net. Penalty miss, which happens. But it’s disappointing.
“Obviously you don’t want to concede at all. We let [Ademola Lookman] get into space and unfortunately the goal went in.
“But we had moments we reacted and created chances to do better. You have to give them credit as well.”
Speaking about the title race, Van Dijk added: “What can we say? We’re in December. The season is so, so long. Anything can happen.
“You have seen it with Covid and injuries – lots of things can change. There’s no point looking at [Manchester City] or Chelsea or the other teams around us.”
Liverpool will hope to close the gap on League Leaders City when they travel to Stamford Bridge to tackle fellow Chelsea on Sunday, 2nd January 2022.