The Reds experienced a forgettable night at the office, failing to convert their chances while allowing the Foxes to convert with one of their rare adventures into the final third.
There was little to suggest that Liverpool would get themselves back into the contest with few doing enough to drag the team back into the game and Van Dijk did not hide from reality.
“I think they deserved the win but that was obviously also down to us. I think we were poor in the last third. Overall, not a good performance,” Van Dijk said post-match.
“They didn’t create much but looked dangerous on the break which they are good at. Credit to them. We have to look at ourselves and improve, which we will do. It’s part of football.
“We will keep trying until the very end. We created good chances but unfortunately, today wasn’t the day it went in the back of the net. Penalty miss, which happens. But it’s disappointing.”
Liverpool are six points adrift of Man City and could be 12 points behind by the time the Reds next play – at Chelsea on Sunday. It’s a result that is a serious dent to the title race but for Van Dijk it’s far from over, although the Reds first have to look within.
“What can we say? We’re in December. The season is so, so long. Anything can happen. You have seen it with Covid and injuries – lots of things can change,” Van Dijk added.
“We all wanted to do better. That’s a fact. We weren’t good enough and they deserved the win.”