Van Dijk insists Reds must refocus on the Premier League in aftermath of European exit

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his team must steel themselves and focus now on the task of securing the Premier League title after their disappointing European exit.

The Reds lost 3-2 after extra-time at home Atlético Madrid on Wednesday night, going out of the Champions League 4-2 on aggregate.

Following what was Liverpool’s first loss in a two-legged European tie under Jürgen Klopp, Van Dijk spoke to about the need for this squad to keep going and secure the club’s 19th league title trophy.

“We’ve been outstanding the whole season and we have to just keep doing what we are doing. It’s not easy but the thing now is to just make sure that we will be ready for a very tough game on Monday.

“First and foremost, I think getting out of the Champions League is a big blow, especially when we were in the final two years ago and last year we won it. At this stage we were close.”

Liverpool were next due to face Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night. However, in light of the news that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive for the Coronavirus, it seems extremely likely the Premier League is going to suspend all games for at least a couple of weeks.

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