Despite an unbreakable confidence in the side which has seen them register four consecutive wins, three of which have been sealed through late goals, the Reds have let slip the seven-point lead they brought into the New Year.
And speaking ahead of the side’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto on Tuesday night, Van Dijk hinted at his disappointment that Liverpool are not in a stronger position with five games remaining.
“I think all of the teams of the league would love to be in our position right now and that is how we have to look at it,” he said.
“We are in a great situation. It could have been better but it is how it is.
“We still have a chance to win the title and a chance to win the Champions League.”
Liverpool are expected to progress to the European Cup semi-finals, at which point they would face either Manchester United or Barcelona.
Along with trying to dethrone City in the league, it is a daunting task for the Merseyside club, but one which can be dealt with through focus, insists the towering Dutchman.
“It can become a fear when you read all the media and social media,” Van Dijk added.
“In this situation you need to be very strong mentality, you need to remember what is important is what we have at Melwood, what we have within each other, the manager, the staff and what we work on each day.
“When the whistle goes and the games start we need to show what we have been doing throughout the season and show your quality and be confident and embrace it.
“We know that any points that we drop can cost us. That’s the same for [Manchester City], so the only thing we can do is just keep going.
“We know in the Premier League any points dropped can end our title dreams. The only thing we can do is focus ahead of us, first Porto and after that Chelsea. It’s the only way we should think.
“I think the most important thing is just to do what we are doing. Enjoy it. Do what we have been doing all season and enjoy every bit of it as well.”
Van Dijk has transformed Liverpool’s backline from shaky to the strongest in country, and is the bookies’ favourite to take home PFA Players’ Player of the Year on April 22.
On the topic, he said: “Individual trophies? I don’t know. Of course, you’re going to be proud. That is something you have to be.
“But all the hard work in the training ground, that is something we all did together – and it is to win something as a team, a collective thing as a club.
“Hopefully that is something that will happen.”