Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool ‘deserved’ to lose following their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates after twice handing the home side a ‘present’.
Liverpool’s hopes of setting a new Premier League points record were ended following their third defeat of the league season, Arsenal coming from behind to seal a vital three points in their bid to secure European qualification.
The newly-crowned champions took the lead through Sadio Mane’s 17th Premier League goal of the season, before a calamitous mistake from Van Dijk – who under hit his back pass to goalkeeper Alisson – gifted Arsenal an equaliser through Alexandre Lacazette.
Reiss Nelson then capitalised on Alisson’s dreadful clearance to put the Gunners ahead as the Reds’ defence continued to make uncharacteristic errors, Liverpool’s dominance counting for little as their indifferent form since securing the title continued.
Van Dijk was critical of his side’s mistakes in handing Arsenal a route back into the contest, admitting the champions were deserving of their defeat following their catastrophic defensive errors.
“The goals we gave them as a present,” Van Dijk admitted to Sky Sports.
”Until their first goal, it was totally us, we gave them two goals and it is difficult to come back. We got what we deserved.
“Until then there was nothing wrong, we played very well. So it’s easy to blame us having the title but until I made the mistake there was nothing wrong.
“I want to win the game, but we can’t change that. We will try to win the last two games but can’t forget we have had a fantastic season.
“Being champions is a dream come true.”
Liverpool next host Chelsea at Anfield next Wednesday in a fixture which will be followed by the presentation of the Premier League trophy, whilst Arsenal meet Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup this Saturday.