Virgil van Dijk reveals he gave Alisson dressing down over Man Utd gaffe

Virgil van Dijk reveals he gave Alisson dressing down over Man Utd gaffe

December 21, 2018

The Brazil international spilled Romelu Lukaku's cross straight into the path of Jesse Lingard, who scored to cancel out Sadio Mane's opener.

Though Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to score twice to secure the victory which took the Reds back to the summit of the table above leaders Manchester City, it denied the hosts an 11th domestic clean sheet of the campaign.

And though the Netherlands international was in jovial mood at full-time with the points secure, he admits he mentioned the error to the £67million signing.

He told Liverpool's official website: "I said to him, ‘We have no clean sheet because of you! Why did you ruin the clean sheet?’

"I made a joke out of it. He’s been fantastic for us. It happens, everyone makes mistakes.

"You see it a lot… maybe I didn’t react as well as maybe I could have. It happens sometimes.

"We had to all bounce back and we did.

"It was very important to win. You could say it was just another game but it was a bit special because it was against them.

"It had been a long time since we beat them at home and it was well deserved."

The 3-1 win signalled the end of Jose Mourinho's tenure at United but more importantly for Liverpool it keeps their noses in front in the title race.

Victory over Wolves on Friday will ensure Jurgen Klopp's side are top of the table at Christmas.

Eight of the last 11 sides to top the Premier League tree on December 25 have gone on to lift the title.

But Van Dijk believes plenty can change with over half of the campaign still to go.

The ex-Southampton centre-back added: "We are in mid-December and the season is still too long.

"We are very happy we’re in the position that we’re in now but that can change in two or three weeks.

"We’ll try to keep on doing what we’re doing and stay confident.

"Wolves is another game we want to win. It’s going to be very tough there.

"They are in a great moment but so are we so we will have to prepare well and know their strengths and their weaknesses."

Following the trip to Wolves, Klopp's side's testing festive period continues with Rafael Benitez's Newcastle visiting Anfield on Boxing Day before Arsenal travel to Merseyside.

They then travel to the Etihad Stadium for a potentially pivotal clash with Pep Guardiola's defending champions on January 3.

Nuno Espirito Santo's newly promoted Midlanders are the opposition again when the FA Cup third round begins four days later.

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