New Liverpool FC signing sends reassuring message to Reds supporters
The Liverpool FC signing admits the record signing will require time to adjust to the Merseyside club
Virgil van Dijk has conceded that he will need time to adjust to Liverpool FC’s style of play.
The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a club-record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.
Liverpool FC made the 26-year-old the most expensive defender in the world following his big-money switch to the Anfield outfit ahead of interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.
Van Dijk scored a late winner on his Liverpool FC debut after his header sealed a 2-1 win over derby rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round last month.
The Dutch defender is still winless in his Premier League career at Liverpool FC so far following a 1-0 loss at Swansea City before a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Van Dijk conceded a 94th-minute penalty after he caught Erik Lamela in the Reds area on Sunday to allow Harry Kane to score a dramatic equaliser.
Speaking to the club’s website about his start to his Liverpool FC career, Van Dijk urged Reds supporters to be patient with the record signing.
“I have been out for eight months – last January until September really – and I didn’t play at Premier League level,” Van Dijk said.
“It is not easy to come back and especially when I have made such a big step as now, with all the eyes on me and they look at every small detail. I am just focusing on the team and myself.
“The football we play, the pressing, the different options with players, it is totally different.
“So you need time to get used to everything but I am working on it every day together with the team. I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out.”
Van Dijk was handed the Liverpool FC number four shirt following his big-money transfer to the Anfield outfit.
The Dutch centre-half has previously represented Willem II and Celtic.