Following Liverpool’s 7-0 thrashing of longtime rivals Manchester United, Virgil van Dijk expressed his excitement for the team’s new-look forward line.
January-signing On Sunday at Anfield, Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez, who moved there in June, both scored twice, and Mohamed Salah also scored twice.
Just Salah remains from the renowned frontline that also included Sadio Mane, who is now at Bayern Munich, with Roberto Firmino, the other goal scorer, expected to depart at the end of the current campaign.
Gakpo has scored four goals since joining from PSV Eindhoven, whereas Nunez has scored 14 goals this year.
Van Dijk, a defender, praised Gakpo’s opening goal as “amazing” and praised Liverpool’s “world-class” goals at Anfield.
He stated, “Clearly, it’s been a difficult period for any player to join any team in the winter, but he’s settling in extremely well. It’s quite challenging to play that position.
“With Bobby Firmino, he undoubtedly learns from one of the finest every day, in my opinion. He must persevere, maintain his self-assurance and conviction, and be steadfast.
“I believe he will be good for this team, and I’ve already emphasized how great of a player he is. With his speed, enthusiasm, and quality as well, Darwin constantly creates mayhem.
For Liverpool, Egyptian international Salah scored his 128th and 129th Premier League goals to set a new record for goals in the league.
While beating their bitter rivals was fun, Van Dijk claimed that as Liverpool strives for a top-four finish following an erratic season, nobody would be obsessing on the outcome.
With a game left to play, Jürgen Klopp’s squad is presently fifth in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham.
The Netherlands captain, Virgil van Dijk, stated, “We shouldn’t take these successes for granted, but there are many more games to play in order to get what we want – in this case, Champions League football, and that’s what we focus on.
“We shouldn’t ignore it or treat it like any other day. In spite of a challenging season, we managed to win 7-0. You ought to be able to remain still and take a small pleasure in that.
However, attention will shift and Bournemouth will be reached in another week. Our priority has, in my opinion, always been winning one game at a time.