Virgil van Dijk wants this Liverpool team to be together for at least for the next four years.

Liverpool are set to play their most crucial match of the season as they are scheduled to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final. The Reds narrowly missed out the Premier League title to Manchester City but would be hoping to restore some of the lost pride in Madrid on Saturday.

Van Dijk has been the most consistent member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and his leadership from the heart of the Reds backline has been the catalyst behind their resurgent form this season.

The Dutch centre-back was adjudged the Premier League Player of the Year and also got his place in the PFA Team of the Year.

He said, “I think that’s the most important thing [the amount of leaders in the team] anyway – to tell each other,

“When there are things that need to be said, I think this group of players is special, at least that’s what I’m feeling. Hopefully we can stay together for at least another four or five years and achieve so many things with this group.”

“I think the mindset is always to think that you are never going to play pain-free. Obviously I had moments where I was struggling during the week, but I think at the end of the day what makes me 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.”

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