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Van Dijk admits to defensive frailties after Super Cup win –

August 16, 2019

Date published: Thursday 15th August 2019 2:32

Virgil van Dijkhas confessed thatChelseawere allowed too much space during the Super Cup final on Wednesday.

Liverpoolwon 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time.

Chelsea’s front three of Pedro, Olivier Giroud and new signing Christian Pulisic caused the Liverpool back four real problems, particularly in the first half in Istanbul.

Van Dijk and either Joel Matip or Joe Gomez formed a formidable defensive partnership last season but the Dutchman said they’ve got work to do to improve. TheMirrorreports.

“It was a good game to watch for the neutral, but it was tough for both sides.”

“They played well and we had moments of good football, especially at the beginning of the second half. We put them under pressure and created chances. We played a higher line and won the second balls.

“At the beginning the gaps were too big. I said before the game that anything can happen in a final and in the end the penalties decided the game.

“I told Adrian before penalties he could be the hero tonight and he did it so I’m happy for him and for the club.”

Jurgen Klopp’sside are back in action in the Premier League this Saturday, with an away trip toSouthampton.