After the events of last week, the trip to Brighton was a chance to get back on the winner’s board, but instead the Reds were left to rue gifted goals to the hosts.
“Obviously, it is not only him [Mac Allister]. It is me as well,” Van Dijk said of his role in conceding the opening goal to Sky Sports.
“It is a risky ball, but we try to play out from the back. Unfortunately, these things could happen in football and you get punished immediately.” He then added: “The way we bounced back was a great reaction.”
And while Van Dijk did admit it was not weighing heavily on his mind, he was left “curious” over the lack of any booking for Gross.
“On the pitch you are thinking about this, and we obviously have to be careful for asking if he is going to get sent off,” Van Dijk said. “I was quite curious for the reason he didn’t [get sent off] or didn’t even get a booking.
“I didn’t see any replays on the pitch [so not clear why there was no booking].
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“We win the penalty, we score the penalty and at the end of the day, the referee made a decision to not give a yellow or a even a red. That’s what we have to accept.”
“[Robertson] heard a shout and it wasn’t,” he explained.
“It was a miscommunication and we don’t want to make mistakes. Overall, I am proud of my team and we have to get through the international break and then back for a very interesting couple of games.”