The Champions League hopes of Liverpool are on a knife edge after a 2-1 defeat to Paris St Germain on Wednesday evening.
The loss produced a bit of unwanted history for the Reds as it is the first time they have lost all three away group games in the competition.
Just like the clash with Red Star Belgrade on the last matchday, Liverpool started on the back foot allowing their opponents to gain the ascendancy in the first half and it was an uphill challenge from there.
One man who had his share of work to do on the evening was Virgil Van Dijk.
The imposing central defender pulled no punches when speaking to the Official Site after the match.
"The first half wasn’t good enough and then you’re going to lose this game.
" After our second half, we came back better, put them under pressure and we had opportunities.
It was a bitty contest with a lot of stoppages from the referee and questionable antics from the home side to stop the flow of the game, especially when they got their nose in front. There is nothing new about such a tactic, it's not exactly a new trend like esports betting online, but it can be very tough to deal with.
While Van Dijk did not name individuals from the opposition, he said it was a difficult game to play in.
" You need to be lucky at times. But in the end, it was a frustrating game. There are certain moments where you need to keep your head cool.
"It was difficult, there were good things in the second half but to lose it tonight is painful.
Continuing his honest appraisal of the game, the big Dutchman was disappointed in the goals which were conceded and pointed the finger of blame at himself.
"I’m disappointed with them. The one I tried to clear, the ball came behind me a little bit and they picked up the second ball.
"It should have been better there but everyone sometimes makes mistakes. I need to learn from that.
The second one was on the break – that’s what they’re good at. We need to do better. You make it difficult for yourself if you’re 2-0 down, especially after 30 minutes or so".
The big games will continue to come thick and fast starting with the Merseyside Derby on Sunday, following through to the clash with Napoli in two weeks time and Van Dijk knows exactly what needs to be done.
"We need to be up for it and we will be. We need everyone for that and I’m not in doubt that’s going to happen.
"Everyone is going to be ready for it. Until then, we need to be ready for the league as well and win our games".
We saw what a tremendous impact the fans had in the ties against Man City and Roma last season and against PSG in the first group game this season.
Just like the players themselves, the fans inside Anfield will be sure to bring their 'A game' to get the job done.