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Virgil van Dijk believes consistency is central to getting Liverpool out of the rut

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By Martin Graham | 3rd Oct 2022

Liverpool are in a crisis and are losing ground against the title-chasing pack in the Premier League. Regardless, Virgil Van Dijk is confident that the Anfield side will find its feet in time to contend for the title.

The Reds are struggling to find form this season, and things have continued to derail for the Anfield side. During the weekend, Liverpool took on Brighton and Hove but was unable to secure a win with the Seagulls forcing them to an exciting 3-3 draw.

Liverpool continue to fall off the rails and is losing ground on the rest of the pack. There is a worrying loss of form by several Liverpool players, and the security of Jurgen Klopp’s job has again become a topic. With Bruno Lage losing his job at Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend, the odds of Klopp following the same route is not yet off the table.

Though the season is just about 25% gone, Liverpool could still find their rhythm and return to winning ways. The Anfield side needs to get back into the top four before any talk of winning the Premier League this term. Virgil van Dijk believes the Reds can find their form fast, with consistency a vital ingredient.

Van Dijk urges Liverpool to find form amid crisis

Liverpool are undoubtedly crisis-ridden, as they struggle to keep pace with the top teams that have already taken off from the tarmac. Arsenal sit atop the table, closely followed by Manchester City, and it is awkward seeing Liverpool, a side tipped to once again challenge for the Premier League, in the lower rungs of the table.

The Reds are a mammoth 11 points behind Arsenal, the current Premier League leaders. Liverpool lost further gap on the leading pack after their fourth draw this campaign. Despite the drop in form and the current situation at Anfield, Van Dijk remains confident that Liverpool can find its best form soon. He insists that consistency is the key to getting back on track.

In the seven questions thrown at Van Dijk, the Dutch defender used the word consistency four times to answer them. The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp echoes the same thought with Van Dijk. He admitted that confidence was as much the issue as rhythm and momentum. The admission came after their fourth draw in seven Premier League matches.

Solving the problems at Liverpool

Mo Salah has scored just two Premier League goals this term. Many have attributed the drop in form to the departure of Sadio Mane this summer. Mane joined Bayern Munich after not being shown enough love by the manager.

Liverpool have managed just two clean sheets this campaign. It shows how massively they have dropped in form, with Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, the biggest culprits. Alexander-Arnold has been so poor that he did not make the England squad for the last international game. He stands the risk of missing out on the World Cup.

Klopp has to find answers to the problems bedevilling the Anfield side. With matches coming in thick and fast, the German tactician has little wriggle room to operate. Words alone won’t do it, but stern actions are needed to stem the chaotic situation at the club.

Liverpool face a crucial two weeks of back-to-back matches with Rangers that will seriously impact their Champions League fortunes this season. Liverpool also have Premier League games against leaders Arsenal and defending champions Manchester City. Van Dijk, however, remains optimistic that they will recover in time.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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