Virgil van Dijk has revealed Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Watford “hurts”, with the Hornets ending their 44 game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
An excellent pair of goals from Ismaila Sarr and a late strike from Watford captain Troy Deeney was enough to hand Liverpool their first domestic loss this season, ending any chance they had of matching Arsenal’s legendary ’invincibles’.
Van Dijk addressed the loss immediately after the game, revealing that it was “a tough one to take”.
“Credit to Watford, they played well, a lot of fight, very disciplined and scored three goals – that's the reality, we couldn't find a way through,” the Dutchman said.
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“It was difficult and we have to do better. Two throw-ins… we have to look at it, there is no reason for panic. We don't want to concede, we look at it but we don't have to panic.
“The record and the talk of the records is all media, we just try to win every game ahead of us. We will focus on the next game, the cup game, and we try to win there.
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“We have to stay humble and work harder next game. The chances they [Watford] created, they stuck to their plan [and] they scored three goals. We didn’t create too many opportunities and we can’t take the credit away from Watford.
“We need to improve, it’s a tough one to take. If you conceded three goals we have to improve as a team and we will.
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“Losing hurts, the records are only for the media we didn’t mention it once, we keep going. We want to win the next game in the FA Cup and then in the league against Bournemouth – I mean, that’s the only way forward.
“The whole season we haven’t lost a game like this. They did very, very well and we should have done better – we want to strike back straight away.”
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