Virgil van Dijk admits the Premier League title is ‘Man City’s to lose’ after Liverpool blew a 2-0 lead at rivals Chelsea to sink 11 points behind the defending champions
- Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
- The draw was the ideal result for leaders Man City, who lead by 10 points
- The Reds are a further point back in third, and their deficit looks daunting
- Defender Virgil van DIjk has admitted City have one hand on the title
Liverpool are sliding out of the title race and Virgil van Dijk knows it, admitting that Manchester City are the firm favourites to take back-to-back Premier Leagues.
The Reds had built a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge by the 28th minute but a roaring Chelsea comeback late in the first-half equalised. With Jurgen Klopp watching from isolation, they dropped yet more points as City keep winning.
Kevin De Bruyne and Co are running away with it, 10 points clear of Chelsea and 11 ahead of Liverpool in third. The Anfield side have won just once in four games.
Virgil van Dijk was frustrated as Liverpool dropped points in a draw against Chelsea on Sunday
The stalemate means Manchester City’s lead atop the Premiership is strengthened to 10 points
Van Dijk certainly isn’t giving in but the big Dutchman was disheartened after an action-packed night in west London.
‘It’s never difficult to believe,’ Van Dijk said, after playing all 90 minutes.
‘It’s a big gap. They’ve (City) got the title to lose at the moment, but anything can happen still.
‘Unfortunately we’ve been there and we had a gap out in front, and we gave it away.
‘Anything is possible. We will focus on ourselves, Chelsea will focus on themselves. We just have to get results. Get results, play good football, win games.
Van Dijk played all 90 minutes but couldn’t hold-off Chelsea’s fightback before the break
Mohammed Salah scored as Liverpool pushed clear but they couldn’t hold onto the lead
‘Sounds pretty easy but as you saw, it’s tough.’
The Reds have gone through a rough patch with Covid positives and injuries over the Christmas period – losing to Leicester and drawing with Tottenham.
They are set to wave Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita off to the Africa Cup of Nations this month too, with clashes against Arsenal in the FA Cup and Premier League games with Brentford and Crystal Palace upcoming.
Salah and Mane scored the goals to pull Liverpool clear on Sunday in a thrilling second-versus-third showdown at the Bridge. The Blues steadied and Matteo Kovacic’s stunner was backed-up by Christian Pulisic’s strike to level just before the break.