Virgil van Dijk has urged his teammates not to get carried away too much after Liverpool suffered a humiliating 7-2 loss away at Aston Villa. The defending Premier League champions were blown away by Villa, who scored four goals in the first 45 minutes. The loss also was the first time the Reds have conceded seven goals in any competitive game since 1963, while they are the first defending champion to have conceded this many goals in a single match since 1953.
“It’s hard to lose the way we lost tonight. First and foremost well done to Aston Villa, we have to give them the credit they deserve,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports post-match. “It was one of those performances where we weren’t 100 per cent at it from start to finish. The goals we conceded we should have done, but also the chances that we had, we should have done better.”
“Overall we’re all disappointed, we shouldn’t have lost with the numbers that we did but it’s about sticking together and making sure it doesn’t happen again. You can’t take the credit away from Aston Villa, but we should have been more clinical. In all aspects of the game we should have done much better. It’s important not to get crazy but we’ve got to step it up and the performance level between the Arsenal league win and today was too big.”