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Virgil van Dijk explains why he didn’t celebrate Liverpool’s first goal vs Manchester City

Virgil van Dijk in action for Liverpool against Manchester City
Just a couple of seconds earlier than Fabinho’s opener there had been a handball shout from City (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he didn’t celebrate Fabinho’s opening goal towards Manchester City as a result of he was ready to see if VAR would chalk it off.

The Merseysiders moved 9 factors away from the reigning champions with a thumping 3-1 victory at Anfield on Sunday, although the match was not with out controversy.

City felt they need to have been awarded a penalty for a handball from Trent Alexander-Arnold however referee Michael Oliver waved play on, with the Reds opening the scoring simply 21 seconds later.

Fabinho celebrates scoring Liverpool's opener vs Man City
The celebrations for Fabinho’s opener have been a bit muted (Picture: Getty)

While the remainder of the squad mobbed Fabinho, Van Dijk was slightly extra subdued as he waited for VAR to test the handball – although he was assured it could not be given.

‘Every goal you know now you have to wait anyway, so I wasn’t even celebrating I feel,’ Van Dijk advised Sky Sports after the sport.

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‘But in the end the VAR gives it so you have to just keep carrying on, you can’t change it anymore.

‘I feel I noticed Bernardo Silva hitting it first [with his hand] and perhaps Trent hit it as nicely.

‘What can I say? I can say a lot of things, but if the VAR gives it then you have to accept it.’

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold escapes handball shout versus Man City
The ball clearly hit Alexander-Arnold’s arm shortly earlier than Fabinho’s opener (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool have an eight-point lead on the prime of the desk after their newest win, although Van Dijk insists the aspect won’t get complacent regardless of their wholesome place.

He continued: ‘We all know and we all feel that there’s so many video games left, so many issues can occur between now and mid-May. So the one factor we will do is hopefully keep match, all of us, we’d like everybody, and play in addition to we will.

‘Obviously we’re very pleased with the place we’re in proper now, however we shouldn’t take it without any consideration – and we received’t. But we now have to only maintain going and take it sport by sport.’

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