The Reds lifted their second piece of silverware in a little over two months by beating Chelsea 5-4 on penalties in Istanbul on Wednesday – 14th /08/2019.
Adrian, on the occasion of his first start for the club, saved from Tammy Abraham once the European champions had converted all five of their spot-kicks after the 120 minutes had finished level at 2-2.
And, post-match, Van Dijk spoke of his delight at securing another continental winner’s medal following on from June’s Champions League victory.
“Hopefully it will be a nice habit of winning trophies,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com at Besiktas Park.
“It was tough, they played well and we had moments of playing well as well. I think it was a great game to watch as a neutral spectator, but overall we’re all very happy that we won the penalty shootout and take the cup with us.”
Games between these two sides in Europe have historically been tight affairs, with just one of their 10 previous meetings having been won by a margin of more than one goal.
Virgil van Dijk continued to comment on the match during the post-match interview;
“We came out and we showed what we all want to see and then after that they had moments, we had moments as well and it could go any way. After all, it’s all about a bit of luck in the penalty shootout.”