Cape Town - Liverpool
defender Virgil van Dijk reckons that he can do even better despite an
immediate upturn in the defensive form of Jurgen Klopp's side since his
The Dutchman, a £75 million club-record signing from Southampton, has
managed four clean sheets in 10 appearances since his January debut.
The Holland international was touted as a cure all for the Anfield
club’s much-publicised defensive woes and while Jurgen Klopp will still
not be completely happy, it is clear that Van Dijk has made a big
"Obviously you come here with expectations and you want to play as
soon as possible and as much as possible this season and be as fit as
possible and quick as possible,” said the 26-year old.
"Now I'm getting better and better and the understanding with all of
the players is getting much better. I'm just playing my game and trying
to help my team.
The confident centre-back added that the improvement has come as he approaches full fitness following injury problems.
"What percent am I now? That's difficult. But I'm completely over the
ankle problems (which kept him out for long periods in the last year),
"It's more than that, it's also just condition-wise and the way
Liverpool play you need to be spot on. That's pretty clear right now."
Van Dijk said he will now be fully focused on upcoming friendlies
against England and Portugal before some big games when club
competitions start again at the end of the month.
Liverpool face Crystal Palace in the battle for a top-four spot in
the Premier League before their Champions League quarter-final against
Manchester City - just two days before a trip to Goodison Park for the
"You don't think about that when you're heading off with the
international team. You're giving everything for your country, and
that's what I'm going to do," he said.
"It's a big period for us as a country, we have been in transition,
we have a new manager, and it's going to be totally different now and
I'm looking forward to meeting up with the guys. We play England as
well, so it's going to be good.
"We can prepare for that (the Champions League) when the time comes.
"Everybody knows that anyone we get is going to be very hard. Man
City is a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be
100% or even better to beat them over two games."