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The look on Virgil van Dijk's face told the story. An hour after the final whistle, Liverpool's defensive colossus was asked to contemplate his side's widening advantage at the summit. 

Liverpool's numbers in 2019 are getting into the realms of the unprecedented. Eleven points clear of Manchester City, the defending champions. 

A club record 31 games unbeaten, with 22 victories from their last 23 Premier League matches, including this grinding 2-1 defeat of Brighton. To make an analogy, they have the look of Frankel, the champion racehorse, who would tear off at the beginning of his races and gallop his rivals into submission. 

Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool can still improve by 'ten per cent' despite their eight point lead

Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool can still improve by 'ten per cent' despite their eight point lead

Liverpool have been in front in this race since the gates opened and they are beginning to bound further and further clear. But then Van Dijk gave his summary of the situation. His brow furrowed ever so slightly and his expression was firm. 

The numbers, he explained, meant little at this stage of the season. What matters is the quality of performance and he offered his own take. 

'The gap doesn't mean anything,' said Van Dijk. 'We are in a good situation points-wise but we know we can do maybe that extra 10 per cent still. We try to do it every week but it is not easy. The only thing we can do is to try. Hopefully, it will work out but the most important thing is to win games.' 

Van Dijk scored both of Liverpool's goals against Brighton but is demanding more from his side

Van Dijk scored both of Liverpool's goals against Brighton but is demanding more from his side

An extra 10 per cent? If Jurgen Klopp can unlock that amount of improvement, Liverpool will not be caught and the title race will be over long before the final day. 

Surely Van Dijk was just being self-deprecating in this assessment? Another look at his face told you he was serious. 

'If you look at the way we play and the quality we have, we could do a little bit better but that is something for us to have a look at,' he added. 

'We will. We know we can play a little bit better than we do, but we win games and that is what it is all about. 

Liverpool can improve defensively as Jurgen Klopp's side haven't kept a clean sheet in 12

Liverpool can improve defensively as Jurgen Klopp's side haven't kept a clean sheet in 12 

'The good thing is that we know we can improve and will try and do it elsewhere.' 

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