Liverpool centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk believes his side should not be described as ‘s***’ following three successive away defeats in Europe.
The premier league outfit fell to a 2-1 defeat to PSG this week, a result that leaves the red men needing a win against Napoli if they are to qualify for the last 16.
Despite facing the possibility of not getting out of the group stages having made the final last season, Van Dijk believes this is not grounds for branding them a ‘s***’ team.
Their struggles in Europe come down to the quality of their opponents.
“We don’t need to (think) we are a s*** team, basically. It can happen,” said Van Dijk.
“We don’t need to forget that we played Napoli, one of the best teams in Europe; PSG, one of the favourites to win the Champions League; and obviously the game in Belgrade was not good enough.
“Now we need to look forward and the only option for us to qualify is to win against Napoli, no matter what.
“We know that there’s only one chance left and we all want to take it. We’re going to do everything that’s possible. We need everyone’s help, we need all the fans, we need everyone that comes to support us that night to make it a special evening for all of us.
“We know it’s going to be tough – Napoli is a fantastic team with great players, they have a great manager – but we need to keep believing in ourselves. We already do, I think, but at times (on Wednesday night) it wasn’t good enough and we need to be ready for that test.
“I hate losing. When you’re 2-0 down after 30 minutes, then you know it’s going to be tough. I think after the penalty that we scored we had more belief than ever and I think the second half we did much better and unfortunately we didn’t get the equaliser.”
After the defeat, Jurgen Klopp criticised PSG’s gamesmanship, with Neymar, in particular, bearing the brunt of the Liverpool manager, and the wider public claims.
Van Dijk backed up his manager’s sentiments about PSG’s style of play. However, he did not outright accuse them of diving as he did with the Tottenham in February of this year.
“Obviously they’re world-class players but I don’t think it’s needed in the game at times,” said Van Dijk.
“Sometimes they get hit and they will go down and sometimes I think it’s too easy and I’m getting so frustrated. It’s important to keep your head cool but…
“Every time we made a foul they all came to the ref trying to get us a yellow card. It’s not my type of game that I like. We still respect them how they are as players because they’re world-class players but it’s not really necessary at times. But other than that, they scored two goals, we lost and that’s it.
“You see how much it meant after the game, how they celebrated.”