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Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool should copy PSG's 'gamesmanship' at certain times

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Liverpool will be needing a win on Champions League match day six if they are to qualify for the last-16.

To make things even harder, they will have to win by two clear goals if they concede to Napoli at Anfield - a 1-0 win would take Jurgen Klopp's men through.

The Reds were simply outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain last night, with the 2-1 scoreline flattering the visitors.

Thomas Tuchel's side were sharper, faster and actually mustered shots on goal.

James Milner's penalty on the stroke of half-time was the only shot on target Liverpool recorded in Paris.

However, much of the discussion after the game focused on PSG's 'play-acting', with Neymar firmly under the negative spotlight again.

The Brazilian was effortlessly brilliant on the ball, but went down too easily on a number of occasions, angering the likes of Klopp and Andrew Robertson.

Central defender Virgil van Dijk was also not happy with the gamesmanship from Tuchel's side, but explained what Liverpool can learn from it.

The Dutchman believes it's a tactic the Reds should use themselves at times.

Van Dijk in action vs PSG

“Obviously they’re world-class players but I don’t think it’s needed in the game at times,” Van Dijk said, per Guardian.

“Sometimes they get hit and they will go down and sometimes I think it’s too easy and I’m getting so frustrated.

“It’s important to keep your head cool but every time we made a foul they all came to the ref trying to get us a yellow card.

"We should do the same at times and I think in the second half we did it better. It’s not the type of game that I like.

Klopp on the bench vs PSG

"We still respect them how they are as players because they’re world-class but it’s not really necessary at times. But other than that, they scored two goals, we lost and that’s it.”

In the modern game, niceness is often viewed as a weakness. Maybe Liverpool need to get nasty to end their trophy drought.

Topics:
Football
Virgil van Dijk
Andy Robertson
Jurgen Klopp
Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar
James Milner
Liverpool

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