Date printed: Sunday 30th June 2019 2:51
Virgil van Dijk has been reflecting on an unimaginable particular person marketing campaign with Liverpool, and has revealed the key behind one in all his most spectacular stats.
The towering Dutch centre-half was famously not dribbled previous as soon as all season, per Opta statistics, as Liverpool received the Champions League and pushed the champions Man Metropolis all the way in which by recording a membership document 97 factors within the league.
Van Dijk himself was named PFA Participant of the 12 months, the primary participant to be awarded the person accolade since John Terry in 2005, and stood out in a aggressive discipline.
In a brand new interview with Unisport, the Netherlands worldwide has given recommendation to kids seeking to emulate his imperious and assured type on the pitch.
“I’ve had the good thing about lots of one-v-ones by enjoying rather a lot on the streets,” Van Dijk stated.
“I performed in lots of five-a-side video games after I was youthful and I cherished to assault in these days as effectively, so you bought a little bit of a sense how attackers would possibly suppose in sure conditions.
“Clearly that comes with expertise in my skilled profession too, however I feel if you wish to progress as a defender or an attacker then simply hold enjoying within the streets with your mates.”
After an extended and gruelling season with Liverpool, together with his work not ending till he’d featured within the UEFA Nations League for his nationwide crew, he’s lastly having fun with a well-earned summer time break.
Within the Nations League, the Netherlands completed as runners-up to Portugal, with Van Dijk partnering the up-and-coming Mathijs De Ligt within the backline.
The work can even begin once more for subsequent season imminently as Liverpool fly out to the US to play Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon throughout July, forward of the brand new Premier League season and European Tremendous Cup in opposition to Chelsea in mid-August.
“One of the best recommendation I’ve received is to remain humble, hold working laborious and luxuriate in each little bit of the way in which as a result of earlier than it, it’s all going to be over and you do not need to have any regrets,” he added.
“That’s an important factor I’d inform younger gamers now as a result of that’s an important factor that’s staying in my thoughts.”