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Virgil van Dijk has opened up about his time on the sidelines and the motivation behind his bid to return “the best player he can be” for Liverpool after his long-term knee injury.
The 29-year-old got injured in the beginning of the season when Jordan Pickford made a dangerous tackle on van Dijk during the Merseyside derby.
Though not expected back before the end of the season, there remains hope that he could play a minimal role in the run-in as he targets a place in the Netherlands squad at the Euros.
Van Dijk will remain pragmatic and, hopefully, not rush back after such a long spell out, with the expertise of Liverpool’s medical staff preparing him to eventually return as “the best player he can be.”
“In this period of being injured, it makes you think about loads of stuff, and appreciate even more what you’ve got,” he told JBL.
“Obviously, it’s not easy, but the most important thing for me is to stay true to myself and work as hard as I can.
“So, if the time comes back and I’ll be back playing again, then I just have to enjoy every bit of it and try to be the best player I can be.
“I won’t take anything for granted. I just work, enjoy, have a smile on my face and try to stay fit.”
Source- This Is Anfield