Virgil van Dijk claims he has achieved nothing yet as a Liverpool player, telling ESPN FC that he ‘”expected a lot” from his world-record move to Anfield earlier this year, while adding there’s something special going on at the club at the moment.
The Netherlands captain became the world’s most expensive defender when he left Southampton for Liverpool in a £75 million deal in January and the former Celtic centre-half has quickly emerged as an integral figure in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Van Dijk played a key role in Liverpool’s run to last season’s Champions League final, which ended in defeat against Real Madrid in Kiev, and he has also been a crucial member of the defence that has conceded just five Premier League goals this term as Klopp’s players have mounted a sustained challenge to reigning champions Manchester City in the title race.
But despite the signs of progress at Anfield during 2018, Van Dijk insists that there has to be more to come if he is to judge his move a success.
“I think I expected a lot from my move,” Van Dijk told ESPN FC in an exclusive. “I’ve expected a lot from myself, to improve as a player and as a human-being as well.
“It has been going well and good, obviously, but in the end we have nothing at this moment other than a lot of improvement and being on the right track.
“But I feel there is something going on here. We have got great momentum at the moment.
“Everyone is feeling good. Obviously we can all still improve a lot of our game, but like I said, there is definitely the feeling that we are on the right track.”
Despite making headlines because of the huge fee which Liverpool were forced to pay Southampton for Van Dijk, the 27-year-old’s performances on the pitch have ensured that the figure is now barely mentioned.
But while he admits that he has grown as a player at Anfield, Van Dijk accepts that his fee could still be used against him if he fails to maintain his consistency.
“Obviously it can turn in like a second,” Van Dijk said. “If things are not going well, then people will talk about that [transfer fee].