Virgil van Dijk has sent an ominous warning to the rest of Premier League by insisting Liverpool can still improve, despite seeing his side move 13 points clear at the top with a 1-0 victory over Wolves at Anfield.
Sadio Mane scored the only goal in a game that was once again dominated by the intervention of VAR, referee Anthony Taylor initially ruling out the goal for a handball by Adam Lallana in the build-up, only for the technology to overrule the decision and allow the goal to stand.
Wolves then thought they had secured an equaliser through Pedro Neto, though the winger’s exuberant celebrations were short-lived as VAR deemed there was a marginal offside against Jonny before Neto fired home.
The victory extended Liverpool‘s advantage at the summit and maintained the club’s unbeaten start to the season, though Van Dijk warned that his side can still improve over the coming months as they look to seal an elusive league title at the season’s end.
“Wolves are a fantastic side who play good football and you have to give them credit because it was going to be difficult. Today was going to be the same,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.
“We want to keep continuing what we are doing and we will see where we are at the end of the road where were can be.
”We feel we can improve but cannot complain about where are. 2019 was promising and hopefully we can keep it going and enjoy the ride.”
There was further controversy surrounding the build-up to Liverpool’s winner, with the ball appearing to accidentally strike the hand of Van Dijk in addition to the check regarding a potential handball from Lallana.
The ball appeared to brush the Dutchman’s hand before his long pass into the Wolves half towards Lallana, and whilst the 28-year-old refused to confirm he had handled, insists the decision belongs to the referee and video assistant technology.
“I need to see it back. I can’t remember it,” he added.
”I heard from you guys about handball. I thought it was complaints about the handball for Adam Lallana. The game is over. What can we do? The goal stood.”