Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Liverpool shouldn’t panic after Manchester City defeat, insists Van Dijk

Liverpool shouldn’t panic after Manchester City defeat, insists Van Dijk

However, they came up against a City side desperate to peg back the Merseysiders in the race for the title.

As it was, Leroy Sane's 72nd-minute victor blew the title race open once again, as the German clinched victory after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's emphatic opener.

Liverpool were beaten by title rivals Manchester City on Thursday, but Virgil van Dijk is confident they will respond.

Liverpool's lead at the top of the table was cut to four points at the Etihad Stadium as Leroy Sane netted the victor in a pulsating 2-1 affair. They are still leaders and they have a lot of games to play as well.

"Things could have been different with a little bit of luck".

When I heard Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren say before Christmas that they could emulate Arsenal's Invincibles side of 2003-04 and go the whole league season unbeaten, I groaned.

"I am proud of them (the players), but not just today".

Sadio Mane had the first real opportunity of the match that hit the post, came back, and was somehow deflected off the face off Ederson, and was millimeters away from crossing the goal line. Liverpool didn't need to beat Manchester City, they just need to beat everyone else to win the league. "It was that or let him go through on goal".

Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: "I really like Vincent Kompany, but how on Earth is that not a red card?" "All season we have taken it game by game and we will do that again".

So too was Liverpool in the second half, showing just why the Premier League era's perennial underachiever might yet win the English title for a 19th time. Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a diagonal pass to the far post where Andy Robertson volleyed the ball across the penalty area for an unmarked Firmino to head into an empty net. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has never won a trophy at any of his clubs and Tottenham have not been English champions since 1961.

But Henderson knows while losing to City weakened their position at the top of the table how they react will be more important than the outcome of one match.

"I have already said to the boys this is OK".

"In terms of the result we are disappointed".

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