Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has backed his side to challenge for the Premier League title – but has admitted that it’s going to be very demanding.
The former Southampton and Celtic centre-back was a part of the side to hold champions Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, despite conceding a late penalty for a foul on Leroy Sane, and feels Pep Guardiola’s men showed the Reds respect.
“Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect.” the defender said.
“We made it difficult for them and they made it difficult for us at times but that’s how it is.
“But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the difficult games which we have against midtable and lower teams.” he added.
The Holland international, who is currently away on duty with his country, went on to say that he wants Liverpool to challenge for the title this season – but accepts that it will be very tough to go all the way.
“We want to get as close as possible and do as well as we can but we know it is going to be hard.” he continued.
“We’ve had a great start to the season and we want to keep it going.” he finished.
Van Dijk will expect to be a part of the side to take on Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City when he returns from international duty next week.