Virgil van Dijk hopes Liverpool can build on their resounding victory over Bournemouth

Virgil van Dijk hopes Liverpool can build on their resounding victory over Bournemouth

Virgil van Dijk hopes Liverpool can build on their resounding victory over Bournemouth

Virgil van Dijk hopes Liverpool will “grow” after using Monday’s frustrating defeat to rivals Manchester United as fuel in Bournemouth’s 9-0.

Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to reach the Premier League title last season and started the new campaign in surprisingly cumbersome form.

Liverpool were bound to surprise Fulham and Crystal Palace draws, before losing to previously out of shape rivals United in a rousing Old Trafford.

The Reds felt they had a point to prove on Saturday and did just that in an Anfield annihilation of promoted Bournemouth, scoring a record 9-0 victory in the Premier League.

Asked if they were motivated after United’s defeat, defender Van Dijk said: “Yes. After the match you would like the next match to come and it was good for us that we only had to wait four days so everyone was motivated.

“Luckily we had no injuries in the week before which was a nice change. Obviously great performance.

“A little luck (it was missing at the beginning of the season). I do not know. It’s hard for me to say.

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Virgil van Dijk (second right) scores fifth Liverpool (PA) goal

“We all wanted to perform, we all wanted to get results, but you know I don’t like looking back, I like looking ahead.

“Today was a good start, a good win, something to build on, but there is never a guarantee that we will be able to start again from here.

“This is what we want, this is what we work for and this is what we will try to do and it will start on Monday.”

Liverpool turn their attention to Wednesday as improving Newcastle arrive at Anfield, where Van Dijk expects a ‘tough game’ against a team that has impressed him.

Summer signing Darwin Nunez rounds off his three-match ban for headbutting Palace’s Joachim Andersen against the Magpies, meaning Roberto Firmino is sure to have another chance to shine at the top.

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Roberto Firmino scored a brace against Bournemouth (PA)

The 30-year-old was not highly regarded in the past season or thereabouts, but on Saturday he produced a stunning performance by scoring two goals and assisting three more.

“We know the quality he has and we never doubt him,” Van Dijk said. “It’s the way you deal with everything around you from the outside world.

“For him and for the whole team, he is not taking anything from people who have no influence on our performance.

In this case we know what we can get from him and he proved it even today.

“Obviously he wants to win, when we don’t win he’s angry and when we win he’s happy. This is how it should be.

“He wants to perform in the best possible way because he has the quality. Today he proved once again why he is a world-class player. “

Firmino and Luis Diaz both scored twice against Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and an own goal from Chris Mepham accompanied by memorable goals for two teenagers.

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Harvey Elliott celebrates his first goal for Liverpool (PA)

Harvey Elliott scored his first Premier League goal at home one afternoon when replacement Fabio Carvalho, another 19-year-old signed by Fulham, opened his account with Liverpool.

“I don’t think they will be prevented from progressing (if new midfielders come in),” said Van Dijk. “For the amount of games we play, we need a lot of midfielders.

“The midfielders are the engine of our team, they earn a lot of balls. They are the engine of our team. We need a lot of midfielders.

“You see the amount of games we play, we rotate a lot in midfield apart from Fab (Fabinho) I think. We need everyone.

“I am very impressed, very impressed with both of them.

“Harvey has already shown up before his injury and is now showing the same things as before.

“I was also impressed by Fabio. I said it in pre-season, I didn’t know him before, I think he can do really well for us and also as a club. “

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