Three losses in the last four games for the Reds has seen pessimism return to some sections of the club’s support, with a strong side exiting the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
For those outside the club, ending a 44-game run at Vicarage Road—and therefore ensuring no challenge to Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’—has served as fuel to label this an unremarkable season.
“Just end up with the Premier League? Yeah? Just? It’s just a small thing is it?” he said.
“We also won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
“In life, there are people that are not always satisfied. They are always looking for negative things in life. That’s just the reality.
“Either you’re going to think about these things and go on with it and go on with that negative spirit, or you just focus on the good things, and I’m definitely focusing on the good things.
“We are in a very good situation. Close to what we all hope to achieve. Let’s just go for it, enjoy it.
It could be seen as Van Dijk lowering himself to the level of naysayers, but his assertion is apt, as Liverpool remain in an incredible position this season.
There is every chance of overturning the 1-0 deficit at home to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, while a win over Bournemouth this weekend would put Liverpool just nine points from the title with nine games to play.
They would have hoped to have wrapped it up before the March international break, but unless Man City suffer a significant downturn in form that is now impossible.
Regardless, they could still secure the title earlier than any side in history if they do so before April 14, and could do celebrate the biggest winning margin too.
Ending the season with ‘just’ the Premier League—along with, of course, the Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and still possibly another European Cup—would be no negative reality for the Reds.