Van Dijk excited for Liverpool's future

By Ryan Benson 24 June 2019 1359
Van Dijk excited for Liverpool's future

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is excited about the Reds' future following their Champions League success in 2018-19.

Jurgen Klopp's men enjoyed a fine season last term, claiming a sixth European crown and finishing second to Manchester City in the Premier League.

That does not quite tell the entire story of their domestic campaign, however, as they amassed a remarkable haul of 97 points, the most ever collected by a side who failed to win the title. City got 98.

Klopp's side were praised for their vibrant style of play and presence of youth, with Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez all having prominent roles.

Considering Liverpool's achievements and the squad they have assembled, Van Dijk – who was named Professional Footballers' Association's (PFA) Players' Player of the Year – thinks the Reds have much to look forward to.

"I think the future looks pretty bright," he told the club's official website.

"We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.

"[There is] so much quality in the team. Sometimes you don't even realise how good [a group] of players we have – and also on the bench – that want to play and be part of the team. So, we have a fantastic future coming up."

Van Dijk was vital to Liverpool's impressive season, as the Reds conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League with him as a mainstay.

The Dutchman was keen to ensure others got credit, though, namechecking Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.

"I have been consistent," he said. "I've been feeling great, with the help – obviously – of all my team-mates, but everyone has been fantastic.

"If you look around the team, Robbo has had his best season ever. Trent has been amazing for such a young guy, so mature.

"And all the centre-backs, and obviously the rest of the team have been performing at such a high level."

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