Van Dijk predicts challenging times for Liverpool: ‘They want to see us fall’

Virgil van Dijk has predicted that the 2020-21 season will be one of the most challenging seasons in the history of Liverpool. The Reds ended a thirty year drought last season by claiming the title in the Premier League. The club now will have to get used to the fact that they are the ‘hunted’ instead of being the ‘hunted’. Liverpool have not been enjoying the best start of the new season, losing 7-2 to Aston Villa last week and seeing several key players tested positive on the coronavirus.

“I think trying to stay at the top is the hardest thing to do,” he told  a podcast on BBC Sounds. “Everyone wants to see you fall when you reach the top. That is what life is about, especially these days. For me, I want to give everything I have got until I retire and then have no regrets after. I don’t want any regrets afterwards, I think that would be the worst feeling you can have. It is going to be challenging times coming up. We are champions – something that took a while.”

Van Dijk went on and said he misses the fans at Anfield. “The fans can play a massive part in difficult times during games and also at good times in games,” the Liverpool defender added. “When you concede the fans will lift you and when you score they make the opponent go further away from you. It’s the same case for everyone, but for us in particular everyone knows how difficult it is to play at Anfield with the fans behind us.”

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