Liverpool defeated Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup held in Istanbul, Turkey but the Reds defender, Virgil van Dijk made a sincere comment about their performance as he declared that they gifted the Blues too much space in the match.
Jurgen Klopp's men struggled in the first 45 minutes and fell behind to Olivier Giroud’s goal. After the restart, Sadio Mane equalised in the early stages and appeared to score the winner for Liverpool in extra time following a wonderful play from Roberto Firmino. But a penalty was awarded to Chelsea after Adrian fouled Tammy Abraham in the box and Jorginho stepped up to force the match to penalties.
The Champions League winners scored all their five penalties before Abraham's was saved by Liverpool's new signing Adrian.
Van Dijk claimed it was a good game for a football fan who doesn't support any of the clubs but a tough one for both Liverpool and Chelsea fans. The Netherlands went on criticise their performance in the first half where they gave Chelsea a lot of space to run through them.
“It was a good game to watch for a 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. In 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,” Van Dijk told reporters after the game.
Liverpool will now turn their attention to their next game against Southampton away in the Premier League while Chelsea will welcome 2016 champions Leicester City to the Stamford Bridge.
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