The Champions League final is just around the corner and PFA Player of the Year Virgil Van Dijk couldn’t be happier with his club Liverpool, freetips.com reports today.
Having joined the club from Southampton back in January 2018, Van Dijk has quickly settled into a club that he feels breathes success at every stage, and he has certainly seen his performance aid his club to get to the Champions League final against Tottenham. But he admits he would give up all of his personal accolades and praise to ensure that Liverpool win when they play on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
Van Dijk almost can’t believe that the only game left in his season is the Champions League final. He feels that hard work has got them to this stage and that they just need a final push to see them become champions.
Having played in all 38 league games, the Champions League final will be his 50th game for the club, in a season that saw him never get injured, despite a few knocks. This he puts down to having a positive mindset.
He said: “Obviously I had moments where I was struggling during the week, but I think at the end of the day what makes me you keep going is when that whistle goes at the weekend, I need to be there. I made sure I did the right things around it, make sure I eat good, get treatment, recover well. It’s not easy, but we did it so far, and we have one more push left.”
Playing in a squad with a number of players who are captains for their respective international teams could be intimidating, but he feels that they all push each to be better players, and they tell each other when things need to be said. It is for this reason that he hopes this squad of players can remain together for at least four or five seasons.Embed from Getty Images
He also feels that having a good mix of players of all ages on the squad helps to ensure a good balance. From the young players just starting in the game, through to the more experienced members of the team, and especially those who are at what they call the ‘golden age’ for players of 27/28. Every player has something to contribute.
Reaching the Champions League final hasn’t been an easy ride for Liverpool, and in particular, they had struggled when it came to the away games. However, the true spirit of Liverpool has always managed to see them through, and this was especially true when it came to games like the one in Naples. Though they have been a lot more dominant when it came to the knockout stages of the competition.
Obviously, the semi-final was even more of a struggle. After going down to Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg, they knew the way forward was always going to be hard. However, a supreme home leg saw them clean up 4-0 to see them through to the final.