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    Van Dijk accepts Liverpool were ´very poor´ in win over Leicester

    Virgil van Dijk felt Liverpool got away with being “very bad” in a 2–1 Premier League win over Leicester City at Anfield.

    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall took advantage of the Reds’ weak defense to give the Foxes the lead, but Wout Faes gave the Reds their fourth straight win on Friday.

    The Leicester centre-back scored two own goals in the first half to give Jurgen Klopp’s team a victory that only two points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the fight for Champions League qualification.

    Liverpool didn’t play well, with Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah throwing extravagant shots in front of the net.

    Reds centre-back Van Dijk gave a candid assessment of the performance in their 2022 final match, watched by newcomer Cody Gakpo in Merseyside.

    The Dutch defender told Sky Sports: “Today we were very bad, but it’s just good to get three points, it’s very important to win these games, it’s positive.

    “Now we need to recover, improve and prepare for Brentford. [on Monday]. We tried to get into the game, but it wasn’t good enough and we all know it. There are many things we need to improve.”

    He added: “Sometimes we maybe were too fast and then we lost the ball and it was too open and they could play, but we have to score three points and move on to the next one.”

    Liverpool are coming into 2023 in sixth place with momentum after a disappointing start to the season.

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