VVD refusing to get carried away
Despite a positive start to the Premier League season, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is refusing to get carried away by the Reds’ campaign so far.
The Netherlands international is currently away with the national side and has been able to reflect on an impressive start to the campaign.
Having overcome the disappointment of a Community Shield defeat on penalties at the hands of Premier League champions Manchester City, the Reds have responded with four wins from four in the league and a UEFA Super Cup to their name.
Van Dijk, who was recently crowned UEFA Player of the Year, was a key figure in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season and again the Dutchman has been a vital cog in the Jurgen Klopp machine this term.
The former Celtic centre-back knows is has been a positive start to the campaign after last season but he’s refusing to get himself or his team-mates get carried away.
“The only thing I want to do is focus and get better,” he told Premier League Productions in an interview. “There are still plenty of things to improve – with the team and with myself – and that’s the only thing I want to do.
“The main thing is to try to put in your head that we all start from the bottom. We won the Champions League last year obviously but it doesn’t count right now, we start from the bottom.
“That’s how it is because that’s the reality. If we all keep that in our minds then we should be fine.”
This is the mentality that will serve Liverpool well in the months to come, especially with the rigours of the Champions League group stages to come.
Klopp’s side have been drawn against Napoli, RB Salzburg and Genk in the group stages, with a tough trip to Italy first up on September 17.
It won’t get harder for Liverpool in the group stages than their Italian job, at a venue that Klopp’s side lost in last season in the pool stages of the competition.
The Reds are next in Premier League action, looking to make it five wins from five, when they welcome Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United to Anfield on September 14.
It will be a quick turnaround between the encounter with Magpies and the European test against the Azzurri and Van Dijk and company will have their first real test in a season that is guaranteed to have many hurdles ahead.