Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool must stick together to end their poor form after their disappointing start to the season continued with a 4-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli.
A nine-point return in their first six Premier League games puts Liverpool a little off the pace set by Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, and their woes compounded during a trip to Italy on Wednesday.
A brace from Piotr Zielinski, as well as goals from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Giovanni Simeone, sentenced the Reds to the heaviest defeat in their history in the Champions League.
Not since Arsenal v Inter in 2003-04 (3-0 loss) an English side started a Champions League season with a three-goal defeat, while Liverpool conceded three first-half goals in the competition for the first time since October 2014 (against Real Madrid).
Despite having endured a torrid outing that saw him give a penalty in the first half, Van Dijk expressed confidence in the Reds’ ability to bounce back.
“We are not in the best shape, in the best situation, but we will make sure to make things right – that’s the confidence I have,” he told the club’s website.
“We need each other, we have to stick together, not just us as players, but the whole club.
“Obviously we’ve been through it all and that’s the message. Of course we’re all human beings, we want to try to do the best we can. Sometimes you can have a bad time and we’re in it right now. But I’m confident we can get out and enjoy. our football again.
“Let’s stick together, don’t point fingers. Everyone knows everyone can do better. What I said, we’re not robots, we’re trying to perform and you can have bad times.
“This is how you face them and now we will definitely take a good look at what happened, talk to each other and focus on the match ahead.
“It’s good for us that there is a game pretty fast after this and hopefully [we] get a great performance and result “.
Liverpool will host Wolves in their next Premier League match on Saturday, before resuming their continental campaign against Ajax on Tuesday.
Van Dijk knows the importance of getting the Champions League group stage back on track as quickly as possible, adding: “It can change, for sure.
“There are still many games to play but you wanted to start well. That’s the situation.
“The next Champions League match will be Ajax at home and we need the fans, we need a good performance from us.
“We obviously start on Saturday with a good chance even against a good team, so we will give everything. What I said, the key is to be together. We need everyone.
“If you start blaming others and don’t look at yourself or create negativity in the club, then you won’t get out of it. I am fully confident that we will change the situation together.”
The demoralizing defeat on Wednesday means that Liverpool have lost all three away games to Napoli under Jurgen Klopp, the most that has traveled to a particular team without avoiding defeat during his tenure.