The veteran Liverpool player, Virgil van Dijk, acknowledged that their team’s recent slump in performance is having an impact on their ability to battle Manchester City for the title.
Virgil van Dijk acknowledged that following Liverpool’s second loss of the season on the road at Arsenal, their confidence is “creeping away.”
Bukayo Saka’s penalty was the decisive blow to separate the two and give the Gunners all three points with a 3-2 victory after the Gunners had twice taken the lead at the Emirates only to be pushed back by the Reds.
After the game, Van Dijk gave a brutally honest evaluation of the performance.
Just 58 seconds after the game’s opening whistle, Gabriel Martinelli gave the hosts the lead, giving Jurgen Klopp’s team the worst conceivable start.
Around a half-hour in, Darwin Nunez brought Liverpool level. However, Saka was on hand to score from close range just before halftime to ensure Arsenal led going into the interval.
Roberto Firmino typically scores against the Gunners, and he did it again on Sunday.
However, Thiago’s careless kick against Gabriel Jesus gave Mikel Arteta’s team the chance to reclaim a rare victory over Liverpool.
Saka took the initiative and executed it flawlessly, obviously unaffected by the earlier brawl in which Jordan Henderson was involved in a contentious argument with both Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Despite Alisson diving in the right direction, the England international struck softly safely putting the ball to the back of the net.
When the game was over, the Arsenal players and fans celebrated wildly, while Van Dijk appeared dejected in the post-game media obligations.
He voiced concern about what the loss means for Liverpool’s collective confidence in a statement to Sky Sports.
“Confidence is obviously a factor that influences things, but you know, we’re all human, and sometimes you need a little confidence in certain circumstances, and it might also work against you in situations if your confidence isn’t as high.
Like I previously stated, everyone needs a little amount of confidence in order to perform at their best in any position.
The confidence is creeping away if you are not succeeding at the greatest level, as we are accustomed to, but we know things may change quickly, so we must put in a lot of effort.
As a result, Liverpool have only won two of their first eight games this season, and as a result, they are an incredible 14 points behind league-leading Arsenal.
The team has lost its last three Premier League games, and they are currently tenth in the standings. Following the loss to Arsenal, Klopp acknowledged that his team was not contending for the championship this year.
Their next match is set to be against Rangers in a Champions League group stage tie on October 12. They would be looking for a much needed victory, but it is left to be seen how much longer their poor form continues.