"We need a good performance against the leaders".
Van Dijk said, "It's tough but they were decent and defended well".
So it was after three minutes at the London Stadium, where any early West Ham trepidation was evaporated by the sight of Felipe Anderson slipping the ball sneeringly through the legs of Liverpool's bamboozled Naby Keita. "For me they are 100% in the race".
However, once again they failed to win. Could we have played better even in that situation?
"We just didn't enjoy the game enough", added Klopp. 100%. But the games are hard. Instead West Ham's manager harked back to how Klopp knocked his Málaga team out of the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
But I know why [Manuel Pellegrini] thinks that, because our goal was offside, I didn't know that in the game and at half-time, nobody told me and I didn't ask.
With Arnautovic a doubt, Andy Carroll is in line to start against his former employers. He beat me against Malaga with a goal seven metres offside. His Manchester City side of 2013/14 pipped the Merseyside club to the title by just two points in what was their closest-run challenge for the Premier League (until now.).
Liverpool's inital assessment was that Gomez might be sidelined for six weeks, but have now refused to set a specific timescale for the England international's recovery, although he is expected to play again this season. Brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight, but that's not ideal in the moment. The referee must know that at half-time, it explains the second half because I think the referee knew and you saw there were a lot of odd situations, not decisive, just rhythm breakers.
"We have 62 points, have lost one game in the whole season so far which is very positive".