Virgil Van Dijk has admitted that Liverpool are realistic about their Premier League title chances as they enter the final game of the season a point behind the leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool will have home advantage on the final day of the campaign when they host Wolves, however, City appear to have the kinder fixture with a trip to 17th placed Brighton awaiting Pep Guardiola’s men.
Both clubs have been imperious form over the past couple of months with Liverpool winning their last eight league matches and City stringing together a remarkable 13 game winning sequence stretching back to February.
Although Van Dijk expects City to beat Brighton to secure their second consecutive title, the PFA Player of the Year insisted that Liverpool are only focussed on what they can do against Wolves.
‘It is on, but you have to be realistic,’ Van Dijk told Sky Sports. ‘The way City have been playing all season everyone should expect them to win.
‘But you never know and the only thing we can do is focus on beating Wolves because that is a very big task as well.
‘Everyone is talking about Brighton doing something, but we need to focus on what is in front of us because Wolves have been outstanding this season and make it difficult for any team. That’s why they are where they are in the table.
‘But we’re at home, it’s our last game of the season and we want to give everything we’ve got, and we will. If we win we’ve done our job, we will have done what we could do and then we will see what will happen at Brighton.’
Only two Premier League title-winning sides have amassed more points than Liverpool’s current tally of 94 – Manchester City (100) in 2017-18 and Chelsea (95) in 2004-05 – and they will feel hard done by if they go on to miss out on the title.
No team has ever achieved over 90 points in a Premier League season and failed to win the title but that fate will await one of City or Liverpool on Sunday, demonstrating the remarkable consistency that both teams have enjoyed.