Virgil Van Dijk has opened up about the PL race, the Ballon d’Or and the Liverpool fans!
Speaking about the Premier League race, he said, “They are incredible. And so are we. To get so close in the league was remarkable — 97 points and just one defeat — so it was disappointing not to win it, but I put that feeling away.”
“I could respect that City were one point better last season. It’s driven me on to work even more, to push the limits and help do everything we can to win. We know it will be difficult, because they will improve and so will the other teams, but we are not afraid of challenges.”
As for Ballon d’Or chances, he seemed rather calm. “It’s nice, but the only thing for me to focus on and control is continuing to play at a high level. I have to start strong again along with the rest of the team so we can meet our ambitions: that’s more important.”
The defender also heaped praise on the Anfield faithful.
“When you look at the Barcelona game, the scenes from the parade in the city and you watch videos of them celebrating all over the world, it says everything. It’s unbelievable to be involved in something so special.
“I think the minimum you can do at such a beautiful and big club is to give everything you’ve got and have no regrets when you leave the pitch because you know you did everything in your power to win the game.
“The fans appreciate that. That’s the mentality we all have in the squad; we will work every yard of the pitch and work for each other: it’s our base. No one can blame us for not trying, for not having ambition because we give everything.”