Virgil van Dijk believes Liverpool’s performance against Southampton on Friday proved that they’re ready to win the title.

The Dutchman was booed throughout the match by his old supporters but still put in a top-class display as usual.

And Van Dijk thinks the final outcome of the game showed how the Reds’ attitude has changed this season.

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“I think the first half was difficult because we made it difficult,” the No.4 told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The gaps were too big and obviously they scored the first goal and it was going to be difficult because it gave them belief.

“In the second half I thought we showed why we are top of the league and challenging for the Premier League.”

He added: “The most important thing is to just keep on doing what we’ve been doing all season.

“We are always going to be dangerous with the players we have, with the way we play, and you saw it was always going to be difficult to defend against us for 90 minutes for them.

“There was [always] going to be some spaces, some opportunities, and you need the quality that we have as well to step up, and [it was] fantastic.”

Van Dijk also had a word for those who scored, as each goal represented something of a landmark for Salah, Henderson and Naby Keita, who opened his Liverpool account.

“I’m very pleased for all three of them as Hendo doesn’t score too many goals but it was a big goal,” said Van Dijk.

“It was a great assist from Bobby for the goal and obviously Mo’s goal was very important. It was a first goal for Naby, who is working very hard every day in training so to get the start and score a goal was fantastic for him.

“[We have to] keep going. Like I said, it’s difficult for teams to defend us for 90 minutes. There’s going to be spaces and we need to try to exploit those spaces.

“We showed, especially after 75 minutes, we are capable to do it. We have shown that in many games before but you could see it clearly.”

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