Van Dijk regrets the 'unacceptable' end of Liverpool's career at Watford
WATFORD: Liverpool center back Virgil van Dijk he lamented an unacceptable display after the team's 44-game series without defeat in the Premier league He finished with a shocking 3-0 loss to the fighters Watford on Saturday.
First of all credit to Watford, they deserve it ... It's a tough one to take but that's football Van Dijk told Sky Sports after the amazing setback on Vicarage Road. We have to improve and we will do it.
Reigning European champions Liverpool , bidding for their first title of the Premier league era, were undone by Ismaila Sarr's second-half double and a 72nd-minute goal from Troy Deeney.
Defeat ended Liverpool 's hopes of winning their first English championship crown in 30 years with an unbeaten season as they lost in the league for the first time since January 2019.
We have to improve we have to do better, said van Dijk, with Liverpool still a mammoth 22 points clear of second-placed Manchester City, the current English title-holders, despite this defeat.
It is not acceptable that we lose 3-0 here.
Saturday's remarkable loss put paid to Liverpool 's hopes of equalling Arsenal's celebrated 'Invincibles', who enjoyed an unbeaten campaign while winning the 2003/04 Premier league title as part of a sequence of 49 top-flight matches without defeat.
But the Dutch international van Dijk said: Losing hurts, the records are only for the media. We want to win our next game (against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Tuesday), we want to hit back immediately.
Victory saw Watford climb out of the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference alone, and elated goalkeeper Ben Foster said: It's easy if you do it like that - we had a game plan and stuck to it really well.