Virgil van Dijk is cautious despite Liverpool winning in the English Premier League.
“It’s too early to say anything. The season is about to enter October and the busy period will come,” he said after his 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the 7th round last weekend.
The hard victory against the newly promoted team helped Jurgen Klopp‘s teachers preserve the five-point gap with Man City. Last season, Liverpool dropped the opponent seven points before the two teams met on the second day of January 3. However, they lost that match and let the opponent overcome and win the championship by a point difference.
The match against Sheffield United was Liverpool’s 16th consecutive victory in the English Premier League. It was also their eighth straight away win. The last time Van Dijk and his teammates lost their home away was the match at Etihad, nearly nine months ago. It has been their best away form since 1989. “The media have always liked the statistics. But the truth is that we haven’t won anything yet. We want to keep playing well and understand that Much has to be improved, “Van Dijk said.
Liverpool was investigated for using illegal players
The League Cup organizers suspect Pedro Chirivella – the player Liverpol used against MK Dons – is not yet eligible.
Chirivella came on in place of Naby Keita in the second half. However, according to EFL – the organizer of the British League Cup, this player was not eligible to play because of a problem related to the international transfer certificate.
By law, EFL reserves the right to review alleged violations, and to impose penalties by reprimand, fine or otherwise depending on the circumstances. In particular, the heaviest was eliminated from the tournament.
Chirivella was loaned to Spanish club Extramadura in the second half of last season and needs to be confirmed when returning to Liverpool this season. The Anfield home team believes that the level of their violations can be mitigated because in July, Liverpool once submitted on behalf of Chirivella to the British Football Association (FA). Therefore, Liverpool will rely on the FA’s management blasphemy to explain this violation.
After winning against MK Dons, Jurgen Klopp’s team will enter the fourth round against Arsenal.
In 2014, Sunderland was fined for similar behavior. They used Ji Don-Won – an unregistered player – in four games despite not having an international transfer certificate after coming back from Augsburg club.