Virgil van Dijk: LFC is an amazing place to be and I don't take it for granted

NewsVirgil van Dijk: LFC is an amazing place to be and I don't take it for granted

Published 15th February 2022

Virgil van Dijk believes the special feeling of representing Liverpool and working with this group of players will never grow old.

The centre-half is loving having the opportunity to once again play his part in the Reds' search for silverware on multiple fronts.

It's all the more significant for Van Dijk this season, of course, having missed most of 2020-21 due to a serious knee injury that also ruled him out of playing in Euro 2020 with the Netherlands.

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Reflecting on his return, the No.4 told WALK ON, LFC's new eMagazine: "I always appreciated playing and I wouldn't say that has changed.

"Maybe I appreciate small moments more, but I was already in the frame of mind that I don't take anything for granted. I have a good mindset in this game.

"I play for arguably the biggest club in the world with one of the best teams in Europe, with the quality of players that we have and the manager. It's an amazing place to be and I'm not taking it for granted.

"I'm enjoying every minute of it and it was really tough to be out for such a long time, missing so much football, being with the boys, preparing for games, winning games, travelling and being with the fans. But I'm still the same Virgil.

"It was tough because I went from playing consistently for two years to being out for a year. Missing the Euros was a tough thing for me, but I feel like everything happens for a reason and this injury happened.

"I've recovered, I'm getting better, in my opinion, every day and I'm just enjoying my football."

Read the full interview, and lots more, in issue No.1 of WALK ON here.

Published 15th February 2022