The pain and anger that Liverpool feels at having given themselves an “impossible mission” in their pursuit of Champions League redemption have been expressed by Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool was humiliated by Real Madrid, the team that defeated them in last year’s final, ending their chances of winning the Champions League this season.
Following a 5-2 demolition by champions Real Madrid from the previous season, the Reds’ hopes of making it back to the final to right Paris’ wrongs are over, and their heartbroken team is aware of it.
After the worst European defeat in Anfield history, Van Dijk bit down hard on the bitter reality of that thinking, but he believed he and his teammates must accept the “hard reality” of their humiliation. and correct it.
“We were up 2-0 and squandered it away due to errors we made against Real Madrid, who swiftly punished us. That’s the harsh reality,” he said.
“In this situation, all we can do is watch and ensure that it doesn’t occur in our upcoming match against Crystal Palace. Although it seems simple, the hard truth is that it isn’t.”
Van Dijk was obviously dejected following his humiliation at Anfield, but he still mustered the fortitude to attend the inquiry and publicly express his pain.
He acknowledged that his team is devastated, but he also revealed that there is anger at the way they gave in. He emphasized the importance of keeping this in mind as Liverpool attempts to salvage its season.
“Everyone is angry and evidently disappointed. It’s also difficult that we lost because we virtually didn’t have a chance in Madrid. It’s challenging because our task in Madrid is almost insurmountable,” he remarked.
“It is challenging, but it is the harsh reality we must face, and we must face it together as a team. Even if this season hasn’t been easy, the lesson is that the best way to get through it is to stick together.”
After the game, Van Dijk made no attempt to conceal his hurt, and it was clear why. Liverpool made a long list of mistakes that ultimately led to their own demise.
All five Madrid goals were attributed to errors by manager Jurgen Klopp and said that all five of them were avoidable.
The defender clarified, however, that despite their displeasure at the errors, the players must remember that they are only human and that they should not let them demoralize them. “We’re not robots,” he remarked.
Van Dijk also rejected the notion that Liverpool’s tragic season-ending experience, in which they had the Premier League title snatched from them in the dying seconds of the season and then lost so brutally amidst horrifying scenes in the Champions League final—had psychologically harmed them.