Virgil van Dijk sends message to Liverpool FC fans about Champions League final
The Liverpool FC record signing discusses the Champions League final after their 7-6 win over AS Roma
Virgil van Dijk is optimistic that Liverpool FC can “finish the job” and beat Real Madrid to win the Champions League final.
The Reds booked their place in their second European showpiece under Jurgen Klopp following a dramatic 7-6 win against Serie A giants AS Roma in the last four.
Liverpool FC eased to a 5-2 win over the Italian side in the first of the semi-final clash at Anfield courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The Reds twice squandered a lead to lose 4-2 to AS Roma in the second leg to reach the Champions League final where Klopp’s side will face current holders Real Madrid.
Naturally, Liverpool FC’s defence has come in for some criticism after conceding six times in the semi-final, although the Reds had shipped two goals in the previous two rounds against FC Porto and Manchester City.
Van Dijk is optimistic that the Reds can see out a memorable Champions League triumph in Kiev to complete a remarkable journey in Europe’s premier club competition this season.
“It can get bigger, obviously, with the final, but it’s fantastic to reach the final and [with] all the hard work everyone put in,” Van Dijk told Liverpool FC’s website.
“If you look at the fans as well, how outstanding they were – it has been crazy.
“If you look at the goals we conceded, the first one is a bit of a crazy one and then the pen and everything… so it was obviously a bit of a rollercoaster.
“But we are human beings so it was going to be difficult, and it might be that we finish the job [in Kiev].”
Liverpool FC signed Van Dijk in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.
The Reds made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world.