Van Dijk: I need time - but I'm working every day

Virgil van Dijk has echoed Jürgen Klopp's suggestion that the defender needs time to adapt to Liverpool's style of play – but the No.4 is 'working on it every day'.

The Netherlands international made his fourth appearance for the club against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, having completed a move to the Reds from Southampton on New Year’s Day.

The centre-back was penalised for a stoppage-time foul on Erik Lamela that led to Harry Kane converting from 12 yards to snatch a 2-2 draw in their Premier League showdown at Anfield.

But, overall, Van Dijk was an impressive performer alongside Dejan Lovren in a frantic encounter and is confident he will only improve as he becomes better accustomed to how Klopp’s team operate.

“I have been out for eight months – last January until September really – and I didn’t play at Premier League level,” said the Dutchman.

“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.”