Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists playing behind a new-appear attacking midfield does not make his life additional hard.
Manager Jurgen Klopp opted for his previously-untried 3 of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita alongside mainstay Fabinho and it paid off handsomely with the England midfielder scoring twice in a four-1 Champions League win in Genk.
The overall performance was not with no its concerns, specifically in the very first half, when the space either side and behind Fabinho saw the hosts make a couple of decent possibilities which a much better side would possibly have converted.
Right after getting presented with a challenge by Man United’s techniques in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, it meant Van Dijk and a defence missing 50 % of its common starters had been stretched till Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his second to make it two- 12 minutes into the second half.
Klopp’s offence-minded midfield mixture is 1 which fans have been crying out for to inject some additional creativity in the side – but did that make it additional hard for Van Dijk?
“I do not consider so. We nevertheless had Fabinho in front of us who cleans up every thing,” stated the Holland international.
“They left 1 or two strikers up front and we attempted to get involved. That is the way we play.”
“During a hard period, [Oxlade-Chamberlain] normally managed to keep constructive. We had been all there for him,” Van Dijk added.
“Pre-season was challenging for him but he’s displaying a lot of fantastic items proper now. He’s so sharp. His ambitions produced the distinction.
“The very first 1 was so significant and the second was a killer for them. It is just fantastic to see him back out there.”
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who is just back from his personal 11-match absence with a calf injury, also paid tribute to the England international.
“It was specific for everybody. We see him functioning really hard on the education ground,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.
“I worked with him in the final couple of weeks and in the international break we had education and he was enjoying the sessions.
“I’m genuinely content for him scoring like that, playing like that and assisting the group. I consider he is genuinely content, as am I.”
The Brazil goalkeeper is nevertheless waiting for his very first clean sheet considering the fact that returning to fitness soon after conceding against United and Genk.
He admits getting sidelined was hard for him but has worked really hard to make sure there will hopefully be no additional absences.
“It was a challenging moment but I dealt properly with it. I spent very good time with my household it is not regular for us as football players,” he added.
“I attempted to get the maximum from the time, I could make a very good pre-season – at least 3 or 4 weeks of functioning really hard soon after the recovery time.
“Now coming back in the Champions League and Premier League with the way the group is playing, I’m genuinely content to be back.
“I’ll attempt to do my finest to keep right here a extended time and keep away from injuries.”