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  1. Liverpool have once again reiterated that they will be keeping Simon Mignolet at the club for the upcoming season.Just a day ago Mignolet 's agent publicly stated that the keeper was looking to leave in the summer, saying:"It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave."He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort." While the club are certainly sympathetic to the fact that Mignolet will want look for options in terms of his quest for first-team football, the Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is determined to hold on to the Belgian as a proven back-up option for Alisson, along with his overall experience and professionalism around the squad.There is also the fact that there is a dearth of quality back-up keepers on the market, meaning the club are determined to hang on to what they currently hold. The only way that Mignolet possibly leaves, is if the club is receive incredible terms for the player and that he is happy with them himself.But with even more games on the schedule for the Reds including the Club World Cup in December and hopefully more lengthy runs in the domestic cups, there is a distinct possibility that if the 31 year-old stays at the Reds, he will make more than his two paltry appearances in the last campaign.
  2. Liverpool have once again reiterated that they will be keeping Simon Mignolet at the club for the upcoming season.Just a day ago Mignolet 's agent publicly stated that the keeper was looking to leave in the summer, saying:"It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave."He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort." While the club are certainly sympathetic to the fact that Mignolet will want look for options in terms of his quest for first-team football, the Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is determined to hold on to the Belgian as a proven back-up option for Alisson, along with his overall experience and professionalism around the squad.There is also the fact that there is a dearth of quality back-up keepers on the market, meaning the club are determined to hang on to what they currently hold. The only way that Mignolet possibly leaves, is if the club is receive incredible terms for the player and that he is happy with them himself.But with even more games on the schedule for the Reds including the Club World Cup in December and hopefully more lengthy runs in the domestic cups, there is a distinct possibility that if the 31 year-old stays at the Reds, he will make more than his two paltry appearances in the last campaign. View full article
  3. Jurgen Klopp has once again discussed the possibility of Adam Lallana moving into the No. 6 role after being impressed with his performances in the position so far in the pre-season.Klopp is a unabashed fan of Lallana, and once again waxed lyrical over the credentials of the 31 year-old when speaking on the U.S tour.The Official site reported Klopp as saying:" You see the sessions here, what a footballer he is, it’s incredible." Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but in the moment he is not." I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured (at Dortmund) and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury."So just no pressure, no rush, build up, really build a fitness level, work with the experience you made in the situations. And then everything will be fine. Klopp said while the move is certainly not set in stone especially as pre-season is the time to experiment, he says Lallana's performances point to the fact of his overall adaptability." Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam." In the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it."He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well. " But Adam is a midfielder through and through and he is an outstanding player."Outstanding players, you always try to find the best position on the pitch and in some games it’s possible the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6 It must be a very dominant game, by the way, but he can play."The comments by Klopp on Lallana will certainly spark some discussion, but agree with him or not on this issue, it is another example of the wholehearted support that the manager gives his players.It is certainly one of his many outstanding qualities as a manager.
  4. Jurgen Klopp has once again discussed the possibility of Adam Lallana moving into the No. 6 role after being impressed with his performances in the position so far in the pre-season.Klopp is a unabashed fan of Lallana, and once again waxed lyrical over the credentials of the 31 year-old when speaking on the U.S tour.The Official site reported Klopp as saying:" You see the sessions here, what a footballer he is, it’s incredible." Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but in the moment he is not." I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured (at Dortmund) and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury."So just no pressure, no rush, build up, really build a fitness level, work with the experience you made in the situations. And then everything will be fine. Klopp said while the move is certainly not set in stone especially as pre-season is the time to experiment, he says Lallana's performances point to the fact of his overall adaptability." Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam." In the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it."He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well. " But Adam is a midfielder through and through and he is an outstanding player."Outstanding players, you always try to find the best position on the pitch and in some games it’s possible the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6 It must be a very dominant game, by the way, but he can play."The comments by Klopp on Lallana will certainly spark some discussion, but agree with him or not on this issue, it is another example of the wholehearted support that the manager gives his players.It is certainly one of his many outstanding qualities as a manager. View full article
  5. They say you have to be a unique kind of character to be a goalkeeper as there is nowhere to hide. Quite often you can be the hero and the villain in the same 90 minutes of action. If you think that is a tough predicament to be in, then spare a thought about the status of a number two keeper like Simon Mignolet. While the weekly wages are adequate consolation, the competitive instincts of a Footballer dictates that its only natural that you want to be out on the playing arena with your teammates sharing the highs and lows. You may only play a handful of games throughout a nine month season, but while you may not step onto the playing arena too often, your focus must remain razor sharp and your attitude needs to be at a top level as any negativity can bring down the morale of the whole squad. Mignolet only played two cup games during last season, however his attitude was widely hailed by Jurgen Klopp and fellow squad members alike.Speaking to the Official site, Mignolet was thankful for those kind words.“First and foremost, you [only] get praise when it’s due."I’m happy with the fact they saw it. I’m not after it. But it’s nice for them to say it, they don’t have to do that."The only thing I can do is help the team in the best way I can; if they then see that and praise me about it, so for the better. "The most important thing is that the team wins games and wins trophies, that’s what we did last year and we’re very pleased with that."Hopefully all the work we do again in pre-season will help the team and the club along the line to win more trophies, because in the end that’s why you’re paid to be a football player and that’s what your job is." That’s what I try to do – I try to do my best in the best way I can because that’s what I’m paid for, that’s what my job is and that’s what I always will do.”From firmly being on the periphery, Mignolet will be once again 'the main man' during the Reds pre-season tour to the US with a number of goalkeepers either injured, on loan or in the case of Alisson, having a well overdue holiday after being a member of Brazil's victorious Copa America squad.So as a senior member of the Reds squad, Mignolet will look to set the standard, for his keeping companions which include Academy member Daniel Atherton and veteran free-agent Andy Longeran who has been drafted in for the tour.Mignolet is looking forward to lead from the front. "In this squad at this moment there are a few players not there, there aren’t many who are very experienced in pre-season."It’s about being at the highest level every day of your life, not only when you’re on the pitch but also off it. "We’ve got a few young ‘keepers now. Andy has joined in to train with us and he is experienced as well, so he will help me in that sense."The young boys will see what it is to live and work your life as a professional footballer. "I’ve done it all over my career and I will keep doing that. The only thing you can do is be professional and do your job the best you can.”The 31 year-old is also enjoying the feeling of playing in a professional setting on a continuous basis.“Over the off season you try to keep yourself fit and especially in our position you make sure you keep a certain basis,"And, first and foremost, that you don’t get injured when you get back. I’ve had luck with injuries over my career, I haven’t had many."As a ‘keeper you can easily play 90 minutes when you come straight back in. I only had to play 45 minutes against Tranmere. "But for me, I haven’t been playing very often, it’s nice to have some minutes under my belt and to play games. That’s a good thing."I’ve only been here four days and I’ve already played one 45 minutes and then 80 minutes. "That’s why you’re a football player, that’s what I enjoy.” The Belgian says the squad have the taste for silverware after last season's Champions League victory and they want to build on that."With the celebrations afterwards, everybody knows, everybody saw and felt what it was. "We’re now even more hungry to experience that again. And we have the experience once you’re at that level to deal with the occasion when it comes along."It can be a really exciting season for us and hopefully we can get some silverware again, just like we did last year.”
  6. They say you have to be a unique kind of character to be a goalkeeper as there is nowhere to hide. Quite often you can be the hero and the villain in the same 90 minutes of action. If you think that is a tough predicament to be in, then spare a thought about the status of a number two keeper like Simon Mignolet. While the weekly wages are adequate consolation, the competitive instincts of a Footballer dictates that its only natural that you want to be out on the playing arena with your teammates sharing the highs and lows. You may only play a handful of games throughout a nine month season, but while you may not step onto the playing arena too often, your focus must remain razor sharp and your attitude needs to be at a top level as any negativity can bring down the morale of the whole squad. Mignolet only played two cup games during last season, however his attitude was widely hailed by Jurgen Klopp and fellow squad members alike.Speaking to the Official site, Mignolet was thankful for those kind words.“First and foremost, you [only] get praise when it’s due."I’m happy with the fact they saw it. I’m not after it. But it’s nice for them to say it, they don’t have to do that."The only thing I can do is help the team in the best way I can; if they then see that and praise me about it, so for the better. "The most important thing is that the team wins games and wins trophies, that’s what we did last year and we’re very pleased with that."Hopefully all the work we do again in pre-season will help the team and the club along the line to win more trophies, because in the end that’s why you’re paid to be a football player and that’s what your job is." That’s what I try to do – I try to do my best in the best way I can because that’s what I’m paid for, that’s what my job is and that’s what I always will do.”From firmly being on the periphery, Mignolet will be once again 'the main man' during the Reds pre-season tour to the US with a number of goalkeepers either injured, on loan or in the case of Alisson, having a well overdue holiday after being a member of Brazil's victorious Copa America squad.So as a senior member of the Reds squad, Mignolet will look to set the standard, for his keeping companions which include Academy member Daniel Atherton and veteran free-agent Andy Longeran who has been drafted in for the tour.Mignolet is looking forward to lead from the front. "In this squad at this moment there are a few players not there, there aren’t many who are very experienced in pre-season."It’s about being at the highest level every day of your life, not only when you’re on the pitch but also off it. "We’ve got a few young ‘keepers now. Andy has joined in to train with us and he is experienced as well, so he will help me in that sense."The young boys will see what it is to live and work your life as a professional footballer. "I’ve done it all over my career and I will keep doing that. The only thing you can do is be professional and do your job the best you can.”The 31 year-old is also enjoying the feeling of playing in a professional setting on a continuous basis.“Over the off season you try to keep yourself fit and especially in our position you make sure you keep a certain basis,"And, first and foremost, that you don’t get injured when you get back. I’ve had luck with injuries over my career, I haven’t had many."As a ‘keeper you can easily play 90 minutes when you come straight back in. I only had to play 45 minutes against Tranmere. "But for me, I haven’t been playing very often, it’s nice to have some minutes under my belt and to play games. That’s a good thing."I’ve only been here four days and I’ve already played one 45 minutes and then 80 minutes. "That’s why you’re a football player, that’s what I enjoy.” The Belgian says the squad have the taste for silverware after last season's Champions League victory and they want to build on that."With the celebrations afterwards, everybody knows, everybody saw and felt what it was. "We’re now even more hungry to experience that again. And we have the experience once you’re at that level to deal with the occasion when it comes along."It can be a really exciting season for us and hopefully we can get some silverware again, just like we did last year.” View full article
  7. Marko Grujic has a goal to return to Liverpool and make a lasting impact. However he admits to the fact that he needs another season on loan to produce a consistent body of work that will give Jurgen Klopp plenty of food for thought.The 23 year-old Serbian international has made just over a handful of appearances for the Reds since becoming Jurgen Klopp's first signing in January 2016 for £5million.At the time he was courted by some of Europe's elite, however the Reds won the battle for the Defensive Midfielder. Since then it has been a mixture of various loan moves and frustrating spells on the sidelines due to injury.After spending time with Neil Warnock's Cardiff, Grujic had a complete culture shift moving to the Bundesliga for the 2018/9 season where he played with Hertha Berlin.There he won glowing accolades from media, teammates and the general fanbase for his overall play. Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai went so far to say that Grujic is the best midfielder he has seen in his 22 year stint as a player/manager at Hertha. While Jack Woods, a member of the Hertha Berlin supporters club told TLW last season:"What separates Grujic? I’d say his strength. He’s a decent attacking option and can score goals of which he has started the move off. "But also defensively, he’s extremely strong physically, yet agile. It’s not an aggressive sort of strong, rather an ability to push past other players, without committing a foul. "Our record when he is out injured speaks for itself. We average more than a point extra when he is in the lineup." When he plays a good game, the team feeds off that and moulds around that good performance. However as has been the case throughout the career of the well-built Grujic, he was restricted to just 23 appearances. The Mirror (via German publication Bild) reports on some of Grujic's thoughts on his fitness struggles and his future plans."My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. "We [he and Klopp] both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin Minor injuries knocked me back."It's another reason why I didn't want to leave. " I have unfinished business at Hertha. He also found that it is better for my development to stay in the Bundesliga for another year."I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it's where I want to be. "If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great."It is a refreshing thing to see a player speak so openly and honestly about where they are currently placed in their career.Grujic knows he has work to do on his overall consistency, but his ambition speaks volumes about where he wants to be in the future.
  8. Marko Grujic has a goal to return to Liverpool and make a lasting impact. However he admits to the fact that he needs another season on loan to produce a consistent body of work that will give Jurgen Klopp plenty of food for thought.The 23 year-old Serbian international has made just over a handful of appearances for the Reds since becoming Jurgen Klopp's first signing in January 2016 for £5million.At the time he was courted by some of Europe's elite, however the Reds won the battle for the Defensive Midfielder. Since then it has been a mixture of various loan moves and frustrating spells on the sidelines due to injury.After spending time with Neil Warnock's Cardiff, Grujic had a complete culture shift moving to the Bundesliga for the 2018/9 season where he played with Hertha Berlin.There he won glowing accolades from media, teammates and the general fanbase for his overall play. Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai went so far to say that Grujic is the best midfielder he has seen in his 22 year stint as a player/manager at Hertha. While Jack Woods, a member of the Hertha Berlin supporters club told TLW last season:"What separates Grujic? I’d say his strength. He’s a decent attacking option and can score goals of which he has started the move off. "But also defensively, he’s extremely strong physically, yet agile. It’s not an aggressive sort of strong, rather an ability to push past other players, without committing a foul. "Our record when he is out injured speaks for itself. We average more than a point extra when he is in the lineup." When he plays a good game, the team feeds off that and moulds around that good performance. However as has been the case throughout the career of the well-built Grujic, he was restricted to just 23 appearances. The Mirror (via German publication Bild) reports on some of Grujic's thoughts on his fitness struggles and his future plans."My contract at Liverpool runs until 2023. "We [he and Klopp] both saw it in a similar way: I only managed to make the most of 50 per cent of my opportunities in Berlin Minor injuries knocked me back."It's another reason why I didn't want to leave. " I have unfinished business at Hertha. He also found that it is better for my development to stay in the Bundesliga for another year."I always realise that I belong to such a big club and it's where I want to be. "If I play 34 very good games for Hertha, the chance to be a true Liverpool player next year is great."It is a refreshing thing to see a player speak so openly and honestly about where they are currently placed in their career.Grujic knows he has work to do on his overall consistency, but his ambition speaks volumes about where he wants to be in the future. View full article
  9. Jurgen Klopp is still considering the idea of signing a back-up left-back to Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window.Speaking after Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Bradford in their second pre-season game on Sunday, the manager alluded to the fact that he is still making up his mind in this regard.The discussion relating to cover for Robertson has become more relevant in recent times with the Scottish captain having his return to competitive action delayed by a surgical procedure on his hand due to an infection.Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:" We will see. It's not a yes, not a no."I have said already we have to think about everything and at the end maybe we do nothing."I can imagine we have a look at all the things around us. "Of course, we lost a left-back (in Moreno) but today we saw two pretty young ones in (Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci) and James (Milner) played it. We will see." Klopp also discussed a possible change of roles for one of his proven favourites in Adam Lallana playing in the deep-lying midfield position."Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this 'Jorginho' role - I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn't see the games or he will make an offer."But most importantly, Klopp said the main thing in relation to Lallana is keeping him fit on a regular basis which has been much easier said than done in recent times."It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at - small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with Milly (Milner) that is possible. "For us, it is another option."He needs a bit of luck, as we all do in life. "We have to come through (pre-season) without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season."
  10. Jurgen Klopp is still considering the idea of signing a back-up left-back to Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window.Speaking after Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Bradford in their second pre-season game on Sunday, the manager alluded to the fact that he is still making up his mind in this regard.The discussion relating to cover for Robertson has become more relevant in recent times with the Scottish captain having his return to competitive action delayed by a surgical procedure on his hand due to an infection.Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:" We will see. It's not a yes, not a no."I have said already we have to think about everything and at the end maybe we do nothing."I can imagine we have a look at all the things around us. "Of course, we lost a left-back (in Moreno) but today we saw two pretty young ones in (Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci) and James (Milner) played it. We will see." Klopp also discussed a possible change of roles for one of his proven favourites in Adam Lallana playing in the deep-lying midfield position."Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this 'Jorginho' role - I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn't see the games or he will make an offer."But most importantly, Klopp said the main thing in relation to Lallana is keeping him fit on a regular basis which has been much easier said than done in recent times."It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at - small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with Milly (Milner) that is possible. "For us, it is another option."He needs a bit of luck, as we all do in life. "We have to come through (pre-season) without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season." View full article
  11. Liverpool will reject any bids for Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi during the summer transfer window.Both players have attracted interest from rival clubs with only this week, a report saying that AC Milan were very keen on the services of the Croatian defender.However the Liverpool Echo says that the Reds are planning to have Lovren on board for the 2019/20 campaign.The report continues to say that Lovren has not indicated that he is keen to depart the club despite been restricted to just 15 appearances in 2018/9.While Liverpool themselves claim that they have not received any official offers for the player who turns 30 today.Meanwhile, the club are hoping that the late season renaissance of Origi will see the Belgian striker sign a long team deal to stay at Liverpool.Even if Origi declines the opportunity to sign on the dotted line and looks to further his career elsewhere, the Reds are determined to hang onto the 24 year-old for the upcoming season, even if it means losing him for nothing next summer.The impact of Origi was a massive plus in the last few months of the 2018/9 season as he evolved seemingly overnight from a player on the fringes, to someone who could produce on the biggest of occasions. And with the front three on international duty during the off season, Origi will most certainly be given plenty of opportunities early in the new campaign.While fans are wondering if a marquee signing will be made in the next month, it seems the powers that be are making sure they hold on to what they have which is more than fair enough when you take into account what this squad accomplished last season.
  12. Liverpool will reject any bids for Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi during the summer transfer window.Both players have attracted interest from rival clubs with only this week, a report saying that AC Milan were very keen on the services of the Croatian defender.However the Liverpool Echo says that the Reds are planning to have Lovren on board for the 2019/20 campaign.The report continues to say that Lovren has not indicated that he is keen to depart the club despite been restricted to just 15 appearances in 2018/9.While Liverpool themselves claim that they have not received any official offers for the player who turns 30 today.Meanwhile, the club are hoping that the late season renaissance of Origi will see the Belgian striker sign a long team deal to stay at Liverpool.Even if Origi declines the opportunity to sign on the dotted line and looks to further his career elsewhere, the Reds are determined to hang onto the 24 year-old for the upcoming season, even if it means losing him for nothing next summer.The impact of Origi was a massive plus in the last few months of the 2018/9 season as he evolved seemingly overnight from a player on the fringes, to someone who could produce on the biggest of occasions. And with the front three on international duty during the off season, Origi will most certainly be given plenty of opportunities early in the new campaign.While fans are wondering if a marquee signing will be made in the next month, it seems the powers that be are making sure they hold on to what they have which is more than fair enough when you take into account what this squad accomplished last season. View full article
  13. Team success and not personal glory is in the front of Mo Salah's mind as the Reds prepare to take on arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.The Egyptian has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving on Merseyside at the start of last season, however Man United are the only Premier League team that he has failed to hit the back of the net against in three previous meetings.While many strikers would dwell on that record along with casting a eye to the scoring charts at this time of the season, Salah's only intention is making sure the Reds claim the all important three points tomorrow afternoon.The Official site reported Salah as saying:“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important."Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1."If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game."We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.” Currently Salah sits level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals for the season with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang two goals further back.In terms of the game, Salah knows the Red Devils will pose a much sterner challenge than the deflated and disheartened outfit that came to Anfield in the middle of December."Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. "They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season."They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. "Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”A victory tomorrow will not only give us the league double over a fierce rival, it will give the team a almighty boost when it comes to the title race as we enter the pivotal stage of the season.
  14. Team success and not personal glory is in the front of Mo Salah's mind as the Reds prepare to take on arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.The Egyptian has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving on Merseyside at the start of last season, however Man United are the only Premier League team that he has failed to hit the back of the net against in three previous meetings.While many strikers would dwell on that record along with casting a eye to the scoring charts at this time of the season, Salah's only intention is making sure the Reds claim the all important three points tomorrow afternoon.The Official site reported Salah as saying:“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important."Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1."If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game."We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.” Currently Salah sits level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals for the season with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang two goals further back.In terms of the game, Salah knows the Red Devils will pose a much sterner challenge than the deflated and disheartened outfit that came to Anfield in the middle of December."Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. "They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season."They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. "Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”A victory tomorrow will not only give us the league double over a fierce rival, it will give the team a almighty boost when it comes to the title race as we enter the pivotal stage of the season. View full article
  15. From the moment Virgil Van Dijk walked through the doors at Melwood at the end of 2017, you had a sense there was something just a bit special about him.It was quite the ordeal to bring Van Dijk to the club with claims of illegal tapping up of the player by Southampton and negotiations between the two clubs coming to a grinding halt.While it would have been easy for Jurgen Klopp to walk away and look elsewhere, it was a indication of how highly the German rated him that he was so determined to get his man come what may, especially with Man City and Chelsea lurking ominously.There was the usual jokes about Liverpool returning to their 'feeder club' to sign another player, while there was also questions whether the Dutchman was worth the world record fee for a defender.But from the moment he graced the Anfield turf in the third round FA Cup clash against Everton, you could see the sort of aura he has.While he was not at his sharpest in that fixture due to the fact that he had not played for a few weeks, he still managed to have a impact by scoring the winner.In his following 53 appearances, he has certainly made his teammates walk taller by his presence, in the process making them better players.The Official site reported on a conversation Van Dijk had with the BBC Football Daily podcast, where he outlined his goals for the future and how he wanted to be remembered once his career is done."That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool."At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. "We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens. Van Dijk also talked about his overall emotions when he met some of the greats of the club for the first time.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. "I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club."When you play for this club, you'll always be welcome as you've been part of the family. It's one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”Over the years, there have been countless times that a player declares their undying love for a club, only to leave a couple of years later as Liverpool fans know all too well.So while it may be too early to pop the champagne corks just yet, you get a feeling 'big Virg' is the kind of person who keeps to their word.He is well aware of the lengths that the club took to bring him to Merseyside and he wants to repay them in full.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil has a job to do and it is clear he won't be satisfied until it is successfully achieved.
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