LIVERPOOL — Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is confident of taking his game to another level and believes he can improve in all aspect of his game this coming season.
The Dutchman who signed from Southampton for the Reds on January 1, was impressive across his 22 appearances for Liverpool last season and he aims to improve in the 2018-2019 term.
“I can improve in every aspect of the game,” van Dijk said on the Liverpool FC official website at www.liverpoolfc.com, following a programme of stretching exercises, lactate test and gym session at the training ground.
“Like I said when I arrived, I want to achieve everything possible with this beautiful club.
“We’re going to work our socks off and do everything possible to make it happen this season. We were very close to silverware but obviously not close enough.
“I can improve in any aspect of the game. At the moment, it’s getting back to full fitness, making sure I’m getting better and stronger than I was before. I will work every day and do everything possible and no doubt it will happen.”
Van Dijk was not involved in Liverpool’s opening preseason 7-0 victory over Chester FC on Friday and isn’t expected to feature against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday, after returning to training on Sunday.
However, the 27-year-old who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, says he hopes to be involved during the trip to Bury next Saturday.
“If everything goes well, hopefully next weekend I’ll get my first minutes of the season. We’ll see,” he said.
“I’m just happy to be back and now we can get back to work. We have great games coming up and we’re going to work very hard. I’m looking forward to it.”
Another Dutchman, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, also returned to Melwood to begin preseason preparations.
Van Dijk and Liverpool finished fourth in the English Premier League last season behind Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, while the Reds reached the Champions League but was beaten by Real Madrid.