Virgil van Dijk hopes Liverpool will “crack on” after utilizing Monday’s irritating defeat to rivals Manchester United as gas within the 9-0 obliteration of Bournemouth.
Jurgen Klopp’s males simply fell brief of their Premier League title push final season and commenced the brand new marketing campaign in surprisingly cumbersome type.
Liverpool have been held to shock attracts by Fulham and Crystal Palace, earlier than dropping to beforehand out-of-sorts rivals United at a rocking Old Trafford.
The Reds felt they’d some extent to show on Saturday and did simply that in an Anfield annihilation of promoted Bournemouth, wracking up a Premier League record-equalling 9-0 victory.
Asked in the event that they have been motivated after the United defeat, defender Van Dijk stated: “Yeah. After the game you want to get the next game coming and it was good for us that we only had to wait four days so everyone was motivated.
“Lucky that we didn’t have any injuries in the week before which was a nice change. Obviously great performance.
“A bit of luck (was missing earlier in the season). I don’t know. It’s difficult to say for me.
“We all wanted to perform, we all wanted to get results, but you know I don’t like to look back, I like to look forward.
“Today was a good start, a good win, something to build on but it is never guaranteed that we crack on from here.
“That’s what we want, that is what we work for and that is what we will try to do and it starts on Monday.”
Liverpool flip their consideration to Wednesday as enhancing Newcastle arrive at Anfield, the place Van Dijk is anticipating a “tough game” in opposition to a facet that has impressed him.
Summer signing Darwin Nunez completes his three-match ban for headbutting Palace’s Joachim Andersen in opposition to the Magpies, that means Roberto Firmino will certainly get one other probability to shine up high.
The 30-year-old has not been as closely relied on over the previous season or so however produced a shocking show on Saturday by scoring two and offering the help for 3 extra.
“We know the quality he has and we never doubt him,” Van Dijk stated. “It’s how you deal with everything around from the outside world.
“For him and the whole team, it’s not taking anything from people who don’t have influence over our performance.
“In this case, we know what we can have from him and he showed it again today.
“Obviously he wants to win, when we don’t win he’s angry and when we win he’s happy. That’s how it should be.
“He wants to perform in the best way possible because he has the quality. Today he showed again why he is a world-class player.”
Firmino and Luis Diaz each scored braces in opposition to Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and a Chris Mepham personal objective accompanied by memorable objectives for 2 youngsters.
Harvey Elliott hammered residence his first Premier League objective on a day when substitute Fabio Carvalho, one other 19-year-old signed from Fulham, opened his Liverpool account.
“I don’t think they will be stopped from progressing (if new midfielders come in),” Van Dijk stated. “The amount of games we play, we need a lot of midfielders.
“Midfielders are the engine of our team, they win so many balls for us. They are the engine of our team. We need a lot of midfielders.
“You see the amount of games we play, we rotate a lot in midfield apart from Fab (Fabinho) I think. We need everyone.
“I’m very impressed, very impressed with both.
“Harvey showed before his injury already and now he’s showing the same stuff as before.
“I’ve been impressed with Fabio as well. I’ve said it in pre-season, I didn’t know him before, I think he can be really good for us and as a club as well.”