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Van Dijk after United defeat: “We need to move on and look ahead”

Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool must move on quickly after yesterday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat against rivals Manchester United.

The Reds travelled to United knowing a victory over Jose Mourinho’s side would see them leapfrog them into second place in the Premier League.

However Liverpool’s hopes of leaving Old Trafford with all three points in hand were soon dashed by youngster Marcus Rashford, who’s brace in the first 25 minutes all but sealed the game for the home side.

Jurgen Klopp’s men found a way back into the game in the second half through an Eric Bailly own-goal, however it proved too late with United hanging on to extend their lead above the Reds in second to five points.

And following the defeat, while disappointed, Van Dijk insists his side cannot afford to dwell on the past and instead must now focus their attentions again on catching United when they host Watford next weekend.

“Obviously to concede two almost identical goals was frustrating and it was difficult to break them down today because they sat back waiting for the counter-attack.” the Dutchman said.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t break them down.

“First of all, we don’t need to concede the two goals in the first half; for the rest, it was difficult to break them down, they sit and hope for the best on the break.

“We needed to try to break them down but it wasn’t good enough.”

He added: “There are plenty of games left. Today was a big one but we need to move on and look ahead – it starts next week.”