Liverpool lose Virgil van Dijk to nasty bloody injury ahead of title defence

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was forced off in the Reds’ pre-season clash with RB Salzburg following a bloody facial injury.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are in Austria on a training camp ahead of the new campaign with Liverpool aiming to keep hold of their Premier League title.

Van Dijk started the clash against Salzburg but had to be substituted following a cut on his face.

It left the Dutchman a bloody mess with the centre-back taken off with his side trailing 2-0.

Reds fans were fearful following the blow, with one bluntly tweeting: “That’s us f***ed then”.

Van Dijk was a key part of Liverpool’s maiden Premier League winning squad, proving to be a rock in the centre of defence.

Though he knows how difficult it will be to back up the success next season, which is due to begin on September 12.

Van Dijk explained: "It's very difficult to stay consistent, as we were this year.

"When we played the last game of the [last] season against Wolves here, Brighton were losing and in the end City won it there.

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“Obviously we were disappointed but it was like, 'We're going to get it next year.' That's the feeling that we all had.

"The focus that the manager, especially, has brought in is that each game that's ahead of you, that's the most important thing.

“We're not going to focus on what's two weeks in advance, we focus on the game ahead of us. If it's Wednesday or Saturday, we don't think further. That mentality helped us a lot.

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"We always find a way to win, we've been doing it all season. We had big results – Aston Villa away and Wolves away – those kind of moments where we just dig deep, find a way and got the result that we needed.

"It's the mentality of the group of players that we have, the hard work that we put in during training every day and this group of players is very special.

"We're out there on the pitch, everyone gets along with each other, on the pitch everyone is there to help each other, everyone wants to fight for each other.

“That's the least that the Liverpool fans want to see from us and that's what we all want from ourselves, too."

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