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Van Dijk urges Liverpool to ‘enjoy the pressure’ after West Ham draw

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk urged his teammates to ‘enjoy the pressure’ that they’re under after dropping more points this evening, as West Ham held them to a 1-1 draw.

Liverpool took the lead through a hugely controversial Sadio Mane strike, with James Milner being a country mile offside in the build-up.

However, West Ham pulled level through Michail Antonio with a well-worked free kick routine just minutes later, before putting in an impressive defensive display to snatch a point from the league leaders.

Man City’s defeat to Newcastle meant that Liverpool had the chance to go seven points ahead in the title race ahead of their midweek tie against Leicester, but Klopp’s men have now drawn two successive games to see their lead cut to just three, with some questioning if Liverpool will bottle yet another title run-in.

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Speaking after the game, Virgil van Dijk urged his teammates to enjoy the pressure of being at the top of the Premier League.

“It’s tough but they were decent and defended well. It could have been a lot better,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports.

“It is what it is. We have to keep going. That [free-kicks] are their strength, they practice on it a lot. When you have a back four who don’t change it’s maybe a bit easier. But we have enough quality to fill it.

“What can we do? We take it game by game. We’re still top of the league. You need to enjoy the pressure. You can also be playing for nothing. We’re still in the race. We go again.”

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