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Van Dijk urges Liverpool to ‘stay calm’ in Premier League title race

Virgil Van Dijk has urged Liverpool to ‘stay calm’ as the Premier League’s title race reaches its conclusion.

Jurgen Klopp’s side slipped to second after last weekend’s goalless draw in the Merseyside Derby, and face Burnley this weekend looking to close the gap to leaders Manchester City.

Despite having surrendered top spot for the first time since December, Van Dijk insists the club must stay calm as they bid to catch Pep Guardiola’s side.

“Stay calm. Personally, I am always calm because you can’t get influenced by the media or by fans from different clubs or what else.” Van Dijk told liverpoolfc.com.

“You just need to stay calm. There are nine games left and anything is possible. I think a lot of people forget [there’s a quarter of the season to go]. One point is not a lot, but it is something because it’s Man City. We’ll see.

“The next challenge for us is Burnley and it’s going to be a tough one, so we’ll see after that how it is going to be. We have Champions League coming up, we have the international break coming up, so there are so many things that can change over the time. We’ll see what it brings us.

“It’s very important [to get a win against Burnley]. At this stage, it’s the most important thing – to get the three points. It doesn’t really matter how, but we want to show good football as well.

“That’s what we’re going to try but if that doesn’t work, we’ll try with hard work and hopefully be able to get the points.”

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