Virgil van Dijk has said under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp that he hopes to improve himself as a player. The former Southampton central defender has committed himself to giving everything he has. But he stops short at saying he is the finished article.
In an interview with the club’s official site, the Dutch international has said moving to Liverpool is the perfect fit for him and his family, citing everything from the club’s size, culture, players and manager to its history.
When asked to describe the type of player he is, Van Dijk said:
“I am vocal, I am obviously pretty tall, I like to command the defensive line and have the ball as well. I like to play out from the back and be comfortable on the ball. Obviously there is a lot of improvement still to come, but I think the manager can help me with that.”
On his development, the 26-year-old, was humble.
“I think this is the right time for me to be here and to develop all sorts of aspects of my game. I am looking forward to doing that, that’s the main thing.”
The £75 million deal was made official today, with the opening of the January transfer window.
Liverpool travel to Turf Moor this afternoon to take on Burnley, who haven’t won since their defeat of Stoke City on December 12. However Van Dijk will not be able to test himself against the likes of Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes, as his registration will not be completed in time.
He should though, make his debut in Friday night’s FA Cup third round derby against Everton, at Anfield.
His first Premier League start should be against Man City, again at Anfield, the following weekend.
If Van Dijk was looking to be tested from the off, it’s an ideal opportunity to prove his worth.