“There will be a period of uncertainty when you have no idea what to do”: Virgil van Dijk admits that blocking the coronavirus made him realize what life could be like after football, as the Liverpool star is over future retirement reflects
- Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk currently trains alone
- The Premier League has been suspended and Van Dijk has been with his family
- The Dutch captain said that the lockdown made him think about his retirement
- Van Dijk also revealed why he chose Liverpool in January 2018
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Virgil van Dijk has admitted that blocking the coronavirus made him realize what football retirement might look like.
The 28-year-old Liverpool defender is currently training alone, as the Premier League has been suspended since March due to the ongoing pandemic.
Van Dijk told BT Sport: ‘It’s hard not to be there. To show our talents, to work hard. Even the little things in the game – play for so many fans and win.
Virgil van Dijk has admitted that blocking the coronavirus made him realize what football retirement might look like
The 28-year-old Liverpool defender currently only trains during the shutdown
The Dutch captain also described how he is in the dressing room before and after the game
‘The whole run-up to the game and seeing the boys, of course we spend so much time together and then we are not for two months.
“You’ve never had the feeling you have now.
“You’re going to appreciate it a little more. It’s getting weird. I don’t want to think about retirement, but it’s definitely going to be something strange.
“It makes you think how difficult it is for players to make the decision to retire.
“Obviously you have to work hard and take care of your family, but there will be a period of uncertainty where you have no idea what to do, such as right now, because you have no idea what’s going to happen.”
Van Dijk also revealed why he joined Liverpool in January 2018 and how he looked at their playing style before deciding to move to Merseyside.
“Before I decided to choose Liverpool, I looked at all aspects of the clubs. The way of playing, the teammates, also the future, ‘added Van Dijk.
“The city, the fans, everything became a big part of a club membership.
Van Dijk, who joined for £ 75 million, has recently played a key role in Liverpool’s success
“I think Liverpool was the right decision when I made the decision and of course it was a big bonus to reach the Champions League final in my first six months and that has helped me a lot in my development.”
The Dutch captain also described how he is in the dressing room before and after the game.
“I’m not a man who is quiet to be honest, I try to speak when I want to speak clearly when I feel like talking.
“And I like to win, lose hate. So if we lose or if we give in and still win, I’m still grumpy at first.
“There is just something in me, I want to get the best out of myself and also help the team and get the perfect performance week after week.
“If there are things I can do better or teammates can do better, I will definitely talk about it.”
Van Dijk, who was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season, was asked how he could improve.
“Just keep doing what I do. For a longer period of time, someone will always have their opinion on little things in a game, little mistake you could make.
“I have to stay at the same level as what I’ve done in recent years.
“There is always room for improvement, so I have to keep working on it with the help of my teammates and manager and international manager. That will help me get better. ‘
Van Dijk is considered one of the best center defenders in the world, if not the very best