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Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk used to be ‘anxious’ when Kevin De Bruyne scored his free-kick

‘When the free-kick went in, I was getting nervous’: Virgil van Dijk admits he was concerned Manchester City would deny Liverpool the title on Thursday night… but hails ‘incredible’ team-mates after being crowned Premier League champions

Virgil van Dijk has admitted he was worried Manchester City would turnaround their clash against Chelsea and deny Liverpool the title after Kevin De Bruyne‘s equalising goal from a free-kick.

Liverpool and Van Dijk – who posed alongside Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez in a selfie uploaded to his Twitter – were finally crowned champions on Thursday night after the Blues’ 2-1 win over City

That gave them the title with an incredible seven games of the season to spare.

Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool secured the Premier League title on Thursday evening

Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool secured the Premier League title on Thursday evening

Van Dijk uploaded a photo to Twitter with Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez while celebrating

Van Dijk uploaded a photo to Twitter with Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez while celebrating

But Van Dijk admitted he had his concerns when Kevin De Bruyne (pictured) scored a free-kick

But Van Dijk admitted he had his concerns when Kevin De Bruyne (pictured) scored a free-kick

But the Dutch defender admitted he had his doubts that it would be wrapped up before they face City next week when De Bruyne bagged a fantastic equaliser from a free-kick – before Willian secured the win with a penalty. 

Virgil van Dijk told BT Sport: ‘It’s unbelievable, what a season. We’ve been incredible. 

‘To be part of this group of players and part of this journey is incredible and I am very proud to be able to call myself a Premier League winner.

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‘Of course I watched the (Chelsea) game. I don’t watch too many games but the game felt like it was taking ages and never ended. 

‘When the free-kick went in from Kevin (De Bruyne) – what an incredible goal by the way – I was getting nervous, and I haven’t been nervous in a while. 

Van Dijk and his team-mates watched on as Chelsea overcame Manchester City 2-1 at home

Van Dijk and his team-mates watched on as Chelsea overcame Manchester City 2-1 at home

‘But after that it was just celebration time and we are all proud of each other. I can’t really describe the feeling to be honest.’ 

Liverpool came close to winning the league last season, finishing second behind City by just a single point.

They have rarely looked like they would not win it this campaign – they are 23 points clear of their nearest rivals – and Van Dijk believed his team-mates had stepped it up another notch. 

‘In the league this year we have taken it to another level,’ he added. ‘We have been so consistent and played so well.’

Van Dijk celebrates with manager Jurgen Klopp after beating Crystal Palace on Wednesday

Van Dijk celebrates with manager Jurgen Klopp after beating Crystal Palace on Wednesday

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