Reds defender Staying Optimsitc

Reds defender Staying Optimsitc

Virgil van Dijk is optimistic Liverpool can still qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League despite their struggles on the road.

The Holland defender believes the difficulty of their group facing Paris Saint-Germain, to whom they lost 2-1 in France on Wednesday, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade has almost been forgotten in the clamour to highlight their European woes on the road.

Liverpool have lost three group matches for the first time, requiring them to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals in their final game to progress to the knockout stage.

And while that is being portrayed as the club’s hopes dangling by a thread, Van Dijk has a different view. “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,” he said. “We don’t need to (think) we are a s*** team, basically. It can happen. But the frustrating thing is how we conceded the goals and then it’s always difficult to come back.

“I don’t know if there’s any explanation for that right now because I can’t think of one, otherwise we should have used it already. “But now we need to look forward and the only option for us to qualify is to win against Napoli, no matter what.”