Virgil van Dijk claims Liverpool haven’t yet thrown in the towel in their quest to reach the Champions League final, according to the Evening Standard.

A Lionel Messi masterclass combined with some misfortune on the night left the Reds 3-0 down after the first leg at the Nou Camp, with Van Dijk himself culpable for the opening goal.

However, the Dutchman thinks Liverpool can still progress to the final stage of the competition.

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“We believe. We will keep believing,” he said. “We know how tough it can be with the quality they have throughout the pitch but we showed at times we could definitely create good chances against them and make it difficult.

“They still have that extra quality but we will try to do everything possible to go through.

“I am disappointed but the result on the scoresheet does not really reflect how well we played and what the game was like. We had some big chances, should have scored one and they could have scored a fourth.

“But it is 3-0 and we have a big job to do at Anfield but we have shown throughout the season that we never give up. We need everyone to be together and let’s see how it goes.”

On Jurgen Klopp’s declaration that Liverpool put in their best European performance of the season last night, Van Dijk added: “It is all about results, especially in the semi-final, and we have a big job to do.

“The only thing is that we can only keep believing and keep working hard for each other and stay positive and there is no reason to panic.

“We had to be brave and we had to defend bravely and at times it was one versus one with me and Joe and Suarez and Messi but especially with the pressing we had to stay brave and plenty of things we have to improve on.

“Overall, disappointed with the result but there were so many things that happened so we have to build on that.

“We don’t forget about it but you have to take a lot of positives and know you need to improve. We made it very difficult for them and created good chances and we were dangerous on the break although so were they. We will look at the things we have to improve.”

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