Virgil van Dijk claims 'only one team was trying to win' - and it wasn't Manchester United

After Liverpool were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, captain Virgil van Dijk expressed his frustration that there was "only one team trying to win" the contest.

Jurgen Klopp's side dominated possession and had 34 shots on goal (compared to United's six) but were unable to make the breakthrough on the day.

Van Dijk himself came close with a header in the first half that was flicked over the bar by Andre Onana.

After the match, the Liverpool captain claimed the Reds were "superior" in all areas except the scoreline.

"If you see how we played the game, we had most of the ball and created some opportunities. There was only one team trying to win the game," he told Sky Sports.

"Unfortunately, it didn't happen. That is why it is frustrating because we want to win every game. Especially when you play against a team like them," he said, in reference to the Reds' great rivals.

"In the end, they are buzzing with a point, and we are disappointed with a point."


Van Dijk admitted that he was frustrated with the end result: "We want to win every game, of course, and that is why it is frustrating. Sometimes, we shot too easily and could have passed on the overlap. The right decision was sometimes lacking."

Liverpool started the game 10 points ahead of their rivals, who had just been eliminated from the Champions League having finished bottom of their group.

"Obviously, they are not in the best phase," he said. "Coming here, you are wary of the threat we have. We should have won it today. We have to learn from certain situations, and I know we will."

Having claimed just a single point, Liverpool are now second in the Premier League table - one point behind new league leaders Arsenal, who beat Brighton 2-0 at home earlier on Sunday afternoon.

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