Liverpool sent Porto packing back to Portugal following a convincing 2-0 win at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Virgil van Dijk is confident in the squad’s ability to deliver and has sent a defiant message to his team-mates, with an eye on a potential Premier League and European double.
“It’s still something we need to believe and do, but if you think about it, what is nine games?” he’s quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“You have to believe otherwise you can just stay home next time. Go for it. We played a tough team, good result, but it’s not over.
“It’ll be even harder over there [in Porto], but hopefully we do the job and go to the next round. We should be confident anyway, it’s a great time to be a Liverpool player.
“There are nine games left if everything goes well, fingers crossed. We’ll give everything we’ve got then have a well-deserved break after.”
The Reds are joint second favourites to win Europe’s most elite competition, behind Barcelona, level with Manchester City, according to Sky Bet.
We’re up against the winner of Man United and Barcelona should we finish the job in Portugal.
Liverpool also sit atop the Premier League table with five games remaining, hoping City slip up in their extra, catch-up fixture.
Our domestic title rivals still have to face off against United and Spurs – the latter of which just beat them 1-0 on the road in Europe.
It’s possible. Imagine the celebrations if we win both the Prem and ol’ big ears. My goodness.