Virgil van Dijk has revealed how he has had to “step up” his game after arriving at Liverpool from Southampton for £75million in January.
The towering centre-back hit the ground running with a goal against Everton on his debut at Anfield – a game he says he was never meant to play in.
“It was a crazy and busy week, something special that I will never forget. I wasn’t even supposed to start the [Everton] game,” said the 26-year-old.
Despite his debut strike, Van Dijk has said he has had to work hard to settle into Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.
“I am getting used to how we play,” Van Dijk told Football Focus. “The intensity of our game is a lot higher than what I was used to.
“Every day here is tough. We work very hard, run a lot and there is a big difference. I needed to step up my game, especially in the beginning. ”
Van Dijk says he is eyeing silverware with Liverpool, who are third in the Premier League, and virtually assured of a quarter-final place in the Champions League after hammering Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
“I came here to achieve everything possible,” said Van Dijk.
“I made the choice to come here base on everything. I love the fans, the atmosphere in the stadium and at away games. The quality we have in our team is unbelievable. I am proud and happy to be here.
“Klopp is very good and an amazing guy as well. A lot of the attributes he has makes us achieve good things in the future.”