Virgil van Dijk is currently away on international duty with the Netherlands, for whom he captains.
Like all our players, he’s given interviews to local papers – but unlike in previous years – when our South Americans would head on trips and declare their unhappiness – we’ve nothing to worry about with the Dutch giant!
Van Dijk is arguably the best central defender on the planet right now and he’s been integral to our start to the season – in which we’ve conceded only five goals in 12 Premier League games.
The 27-year-old has explained how he gets himself mentally and physically prepared to hit such high levels so consistently.
“There are times when I am less sharp. I work on that and I get help from coaches and fellow players. It happens to many players, but it’s about whether those moments are punished.”
Virgil also reaffirmed his commitment to being the best athlete he can be at the Reds.
“Every three days a match, a day off in the month and continuous training, competition and recovery to get your body fit again for the next game. At the highest level, Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Nations League with Oranje, plus all the travelling.
“Yes, then there is a lot of pressure on. It is important that you are free in your head and for that I rest a lot, just sleep. You do not see me in the pub after a game or during the week.”
In fairness, there aren’t many Liverpool players we’d expect to see in the boozer between matches during this upcoming festive schedule!
Van Dijk’s been incredible this term alongside Joe Gomez, and the way the 21-year-old is developing, they could quite feasibly form the best defensive partnership on the planet over the next few years.
Bring it on!