Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Van Dijk lauds Liverpool's 'scary' attacking trio

Van Dijk lauds Liverpool's 'scary' attacking trio

Mane and Salah's penalty had the game wrapped up by half-time and Firmino completed his hat-trick from the spot as Jurgen Klopp's men extended their unbeaten league start to 20 games and took another significant step towards a first league title since 1989/1990.

With Mohamed Salah regularly deployed as the most advanced forward for the Reds this season, Firmino has been used in a deeper position by the Reds boss. And Van Dijk was delighted afterward.

Van Dijk also felt the Reds were "almost perfect", conceding an opener to Ainsley Maitland-Niles but responding with a dominant display and a frontline to fear yet again.

"Obviously everyone came around us and it looked like we were fighting or something but we weren't". "He was attacking him a bit but I wanted to say he didn't dive".

"What that showed me is we need players, there's three or four players in that starting line-up that should be moved on or farmed out because we need to start to progress. That's what I definitely do".

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"The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game at 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more hard for us to react against a very good team", Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said of the controversial penalty. However, Klopp repeated his plea of recent weeks for his players not to get carried away.

"It was one of the nicest things I've ever seen in my life, just outstanding".

"For sure Tottenham's result people out there reacted, but not inside the dressing room where they were completely concentrated on the match and not allowed to have that influence our game", added Klopp.

"City is a game that we want to win".

Liverpool are now first in the Premier League table with 54 points, seven ahead of defending champions Manchester City, who will be hopping to diminish their gap with Liverpool when they receive the Merseysiders at Etihad on Thursday. I'm sure when we keep going like this we are going to be very successful.

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