Virgil van Dijk sets record as Liverpool win again

Jurgen Klopp believes his side’s 1-0 win over West Ham at Anfield could be one of their biggest of the season as they moved to within three points of leaders Manchester City in a title race. Premier League increasingly attractive.

adio Mane scored the goal that saw Liverpool beat West Ham 1-0, with defender Trent Alexander-Arnold the architect of a victory that puts pressure on City ahead of their derby game against Manchester United on Sunday.

The England right-back was the visitors’ chief executioner as his varied passing range in the attacking third was coupled with brilliant goal-line clearance to secure a ninth clean sheet in 13 appearances.

It meant West Ham’s former Everton boss David Moyes left Anfield without a win for the 18th time, a Premier League record for a manager on a single pitch.

This was mainly due to the excellence of Alexander-Arnold, who with the assist for Mane’s 27th-minute goal equaled Steven Gerrard’s record of 16 assists in a single season and broke his own record of the 2018/-19 and 2019/20 seasons. .

Klopp celebrated the victory with real enthusiasm in front of The Kop at the end of the match, as he hinted that it would be a victory that would pave the way for more trophy success this season.

“We will remember this game as one of the most important,” Klopp said.

“We know the different things that West Ham are good at. In the first half we denied them those situations, but in the second half the game was more open.

“They knew they had to be direct and around the second ball we weren’t as good, but you have to get over the line and I was happy with that.

“If you’re not well organised, you have to defend with passion and that’s what we did.

“We were lucky in those times, but you can’t win the number of games we’ve had lately without trying your luck once in a while.

“So I’m absolutely happy with the result. I know we can do a lot better, but we brought this one up against a strong opponent. It’s no coincidence that they’re so high up the table and pushing for the win. ‘Europe.

“I saw a lot of top individual performances, Sadio Mane was one of them. It’s really difficult to defend against him, but in the end we didn’t do as many situations as we could have.”

When asked about his views on the Manchester derby, he admitted the match will be his main focus on Sunday.

“Of course we are interested, but we have no influence on that,” he added. “We have to win the games we play. The ones we don’t play, we have no part in it. Why don’t we think about it or talk about it, we just try to win our games.”

Liverpool’s latest home win saw Virgil van Dijk set a new Premier League home unbeaten record, with the Dutch centre-back winning 52 and drawing eight of his 60 league games at Anfield since joining. he joined the club.

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