Virgil van Dijk scores a brace for Liverpool against Watford
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Van Dijk admits scoring a brace was ‘a little bit special’

Virgil Van Dijk has said he is embracing the title run-in after helping Liverpool snap a two-game winless run with a stirring 5-0 victory over a normally solid Watford team.

After not scoring in consecutive games, there were concerns that the Reds’ forward line was beginning to dry up, but those fears were dispelled in ruthless fashion on Wednesday night.

Watford, in the middle of their best ever season in the Premier League, were the unfortunate targets for Liverpool to take out their recent frustrations, conceding a first-half brace from Sadio Mane before Divock Origi and two goals from Virgil van Dijk turned the contest into a rout after the interval.

Speaking after the game, the Dutchman directed special praise at Trent Alexander-Arnold for his hat-trick of assists on the night and insisted that the team are only focused on themselves with 10 games left in the season.

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“It was a little bit special obviously but from us it was a great performance overall. We dominated and played well,” Van Dijk told BBC.

“It is very nice to be on the score-sheet as well. Trent [Alexander-Arnold]’s crossing and delivery is top class. He has been showing it already throughout the season and tonight to get three assists is special.

“We can’t do anything with people’s opinions on the race. We just need to focus on the games that are ahead of us.

“We were all ready and up for it. We wanted to show our fans that we can play like this all season. We enjoyed it.

“I’m not worrying about anyone else apart from what is in the dressing room. I am just enjoying it.”

Liverpool remain on top of the table, one point ahead of Man City who defeated West Ham United 1-0 on Wednesday night.

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