Van Dijk speaks about ‘totally different’ Liverpool challenge

Date published: Wednesday 7th February 2018 11:01

Virgil van Dijk has admitted the football at Liverpool is “totally different” to what he was used to with Southampton.

The centre-back became the world’s most expensive defender in January after Liverpool paid £75million for his services, after failing to land him in the summer.

The Reds had made an attempt to sign Van Dijk in June, but Southampton threatened to report the Reds to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach for the player.

Liverpool consequently backed off, despite Van Dijk putting in an official transfer request and had to wait until January to rekindle the deal.

Van Dijk heads back to St Mary’s with Liverpool on Sunday and he is ready for a frosty reception.

“Maybe they can boo the whole game. You can’t do anything about it,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously it’ll be nice to see the players and the friends I have there but, for me, it is going to be about one thing only and that is to win the game.”

Van Dijk, who has won only once in his four Liverpool appearances to date has admitted he is still settling in at Anfield.

“With the football we play, the pressing, the different options with players, it is totally different here,” added Van Dijk. “So you need time to get used to everything but I am working on it every day together with the team.”

The Dutchman also says he does not take notice of criticism from outside the club after he gave away a last-gasp penalty for a clumsy challenge on Erik Lamela in the 2-2 draw with Spurs.

“The most important thing is what happens at Melwood and what happens here with the people who care about the team… other people around, fans of other clubs, pundits, they can have their opinions, but it doesn’t really bother me.

“I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out. I want to improve and get the maximum out of myself and that is what I am going to do,” added Van Dijk.

 

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