Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has admitted that they were left frustrated after going down to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League tie on Tuesday night.
The Dutch captain, however, insisted that there will be no panic as the holders seek to overturn a 1-0 aggregate deficit when the sides meet at Anfield next month to reach the quarter-finals after Saul Niguez scored the only goal at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Speaking after the game, Van Dijk said: “We’re very frustrated, it was a frustrating game.
“We knew it was going to be a battle and very tough because they are very organised. You have to be very patient and obviously the goal we conceded doesn’t help.
“But we are halfway through. We are still positive, still confident. We know we are going to have chances. I think you have to be confident in your own ability and we will be. We have been so good so far this season.
“It is never nice to lose but we should be confident, not panicking. Obviously we will take plenty of good things from this and do the bad things better.”
Niguez struck after just four minutes and Atletico then sat back, much to Liverpool’s irritation and it was a different result for a team that has won 25 of their 26 games this season in the league.