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Van Dijk: “All of the expectations at Liverpool are within a year released’

For Virgil van Dijk are all his expectations at Liverpool now been released. The advent of the Orange-international was exactly a year ago, published by the English club.

“It is hard to believe that it’s already a year ago that I reached agreement with Liverpool,” says Van Dijk Thursday in an extended interview on the website of his club. “But I can be all still very well remember.”

The 27-year-old defender made early this year for more than 84 million move from Southampton to Liverpool. Thus he became the most expensive Dutch player of all time and also the most expensive defender.

“It is always a difficult decision for a player to get the club to change and that, for me, was no different,” he says. “But all I of Liverpool had expected, has come true. In fact, some things are going even better than I could imagine.”

“Especially the game against City was great!’

Last season reached Van Dijk with Liverpool in the final of the Champions League, which Real Madrid 3-1 was too strong. He enjoyed, however, especially of the clashes with Manchester City and AS Roma in the quarter – and semi-finals.

“The matches at Anfield against Manchester City and AS Roma were perhaps the most beautiful games I’ve ever played,” he concludes. “Especially the game against City was great. Everything in that match and we created beautiful goals.”

This season, Liverpool halfway through the season to head in the Premier League. The ‘Reds’ have six points advantage on the number two Tottenham Hotspur and received any money in nineteen duels only seven goals.

“There is a lot about our defensive numbers spoken, and I’m definitely proud,” said Van Dijk. “But this is not only a performance from the defense. The whole team contributes to this and you can all be proud of.”

“I’m definitely a better player’

The 24-fold international played this season in all matches played by Liverpool and made last week against Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-2 victory) his first goal in the Premier League.

“I’m in the past twelve months, certainly a better player,” he says. “I had to get used to the style of play at Liverpool, but I have large steps. In addition, there is still room for improvement.”

Van Dijk plays next Saturday, with Liverpool the winner against Arsenal. The match at Anfield starts at 18.30.

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