Virgil van Dijk sends reassuring message to Liverpool FC fans: I like the pressure

The Liverpool FC star opens up about his move to the Reds in the January transfer window

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jamie Carragher and Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Virgil van Dijk insists he relishes the pressure of leading the Liverpool FC defence under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.

Liverpool FC managed to finally land the 26-year-old centre-half following months of speculation linking the Dutch centre-half with a move to Anfield.

Van Dijk has helped to bolster Klopp’s leaky defence and the Reds have managed to keep seven clean sheets in their last 10 games in all competitions.

The Netherlands star justified his price tag with a classy performance in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Van Dijk is under pressure to live up to his tag as the world’s most expensive defender at the 18-time English champions.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Liverpool FC’s return trip to Manchester City, Van Dijk said:

“I like pressure. You want the challenge and to have every day that feeling you need to push yourself, otherwise it becomes a little bit boring.

“I am enjoying every bit of it. It makes me keep going and will make me better every day.

“I want to sit down when I am retired and think I did everything possible to get the best out myself, not to be thinking, ‘I should have done that or worked a little bit harder.’

“I think everything is possible and I want to keep going.”

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season in Klopp’s first full season in charge at the Anfield outfit.

The Merseyside outfit haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

The Reds lifted the Champions League in 2005 before losing to AC Milan in the showpiece in 2007.

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