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Van Dijk: I want to make history with Liverpool

Dutch master eyes trophies as Klopp hails new training facility

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Defender Virgil van Dijk is loving life with the Reds

Defender Virgil van Dijk is loving life with the Reds

Virgil van Dijk gets to grips with PSG’s Edinson Cavani in Champions League action last Tuesday

Virgil van Dijk gets to grips with PSG’s Edinson Cavani in Champions League action last Tuesday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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Defender Virgil van Dijk is loving life with the Reds

Defender Virgil van Dijk is having a great time as a Liverpool player and is determined to win trophies with the club but knows the hard work is only just beginning.

A 3-2 win over Paris St Germain extended their 100pc start to the season to six matches as the players have responded to their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last May in impressive style.

Van Dijk's displays give the impression he has been marshalling the Reds' defence for years but he is only just beginning his first full season, having joined for £75m, a world-record fee for a defender, in January.

In that short time he has barely put a foot wrong and has made a huge difference to Liverpool's backline so it is no wonder he is having so much fun.

"I'm enjoying every single bit of it," he said ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash against his old club Southampton.

"You know, it's a great time to be a Liverpool player, you want to play these games, you want to play these clubs we are going to face. You want to play at the highest level (and), you know, enjoy it. I want to win things, I want to create memories here and write history as well with all these boys.

"You need to have ambitions, and with the size of this club, with the people around here and the history of the club, we want to try and win everything.

Confidence

"It's going to be hard, it's going to be something very difficult to do, but you know we are going to just try it."

Even though they came up short against Madrid in the biggest game of Jurgen Klopp's reign so far four months ago, Van Dijk insists that has not affected their confidence.

He believes the way they played against PSG, dominating the first half and taking a 2-0 lead, shows they are comfortable taking on Europe's heavyweights once again.

"If you are going to be on the pitch and don't believe it then you'd better stay home," he added.

"You need to have belief, you need to have belief in everyone in your team and I have all the belief that's there in this team.

"If you look at the team we have, if you look at the whole squad, players who are not even in the squad who have so much potential and so much quality, it says a lot about our team.

"Obviously, in the end, it is about hard work, making sure everyone is there for each other and I think it started for us in the pre-season.

"Hopefully we can keep on going. We've had a good start. There will be a day when we have downs as well, but then it is how we react - and I am not worried about anything.

"We want to compete for every competition like we did last year, and we wanted to start well this time.

"We've had a good start to the season, nothing has been won yet, we need to show it every week, every three days now."

Meanwhile, Klopp believes Liverpool's new training ground will be "the headquarters of Scouse football" - and is determined to still be at the club when it opens in two years.

The Reds boss was present at the breaking-ground ceremony yesterday at the club's current Academy base at Kirkby, which will be transformed into a state-of-the-art first-team facility, to be completed by the summer of 2020 with the senior side and the Academy being based on the same site for the first time.

"The Academy is important, especially here in Liverpool," said the Reds boss.

"This kind of will be the headquarters of Scouse football, if you want.

"For me, especially when I heard we will start in 2020, it's pretty rare that a manager can plan that far, but I'm quite optimistic that I'll be in when we start using the facility. I'm really looking forward to it."


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