“We keep playing for the full 90” – Virgil van Dijk on why LFC’s attack are a nightmare

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Liverpool overturned a 1-0 deficit against Aston Villa to win 2-1, thanks to goals by Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and the relentless attitude of the Red men.

And stalwart Virgil van Dijk has spoken about how our front line are an absolute nightmare to defend against – and he’s one to know!

The Dutch international sees these lads almost every day – he knows better than our rivals just how venomous they can be on the break.

I think we weren’t at our best, that is the reality, we could have done better with the free-kick we conceded but we kept pressing and they only had the moment of danger when they tried to square it to Wesley and I managed to clear it in the second half,he told the Liverpool Echo.

We had a good chance with Sadio’s header, [Adam Lallana] missed one and Mo [Salah], so we were there. We had our moments to score and we didn’t, so in the end, we scored a well-deserved equaliser and obviously we were able to win it at the end.

I think the main thing is we have to keep doing the same things and it is difficult for teams to keep defending as well as they do at the beginning if we keep playing like we do for the full 90 minutes.

It always means you get chances and I think we definitely deserved the equaliser based on the second half and obviously to get the win is something we will definitely take.

Villa have qualities and strengths we had to be aware of and we kept them in defending mode most of the time. They looked a bit dangerous on the counter but it is difficult for any team to keep defending so well the entire game, for the whole 90 minutes, and that is what happened. It is not easy.

It’s happened too much now for it too be a coincidence, the way Liverpool play is so relentless that we literally do not stop for the whole 90 minutes.

Some teams like to tone things down in the last minutes of the game, but the Reds seem to maintain – and perhaps increase – their intensity as time goes on.

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