Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time.
Chelsea’s front three of Pedro, Olivier Giroud and new signing Christian Pulisic caused the Liverpool back four real problems, particularly in the first half in Istanbul.
Van Dijk and either Joel Matip or Joe Gomez formed a formidable defensive partnership last season but the Dutchman said they’ve got work to do to improve. The Mirror reports.
“It was a good game to watch for the neutral, but it was tough for both sides.”
“They played well and we had moments of good football, especially at the beginning of the second half. We put them under pressure and created chances. We played a higher line and won the second balls.
“At the beginning the gaps were too big. I said before the game that anything can happen in a final and in the end the penalties decided the game.
“I told Adrian before penalties he could be the hero tonight and he did it so I’m happy for him and for the club.”