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Virgil Van Dijk Interviewed By Jamie Carragher

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Liverpool’s £75m Man talks with the retired Reds defender about the Derby, his new club, and the weight of expectations

Liverpool Training Session Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

When Virgil van Dijk signed for Liverpool just under two weeks ago, the first and obvious questions centered on the kind of impact he would have on the team.

Invariably, comparisons would be drawn— favorably and otherwise— with past Liverpool defenders, including retired centerback and current Sky Sports Hot Take Haver Jamie Carragher.

So it’s maybe not a huge surprise that Carra would end up interviewing the Reds’ new star defender.

Here’s what VVD had to say to Carra on the expectations that come with his record transfer fee:

“It doesn’t make me nervous, it’s a big compliment to myself for the hard work I’ve put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money. I can’t change anything about that.”

On working under Jurgen Klopp:

“Everybody knows how he is as a manager. You can see it on TV, how lively he is and how much confidence he can give players and pushes the team forward. I think it’s a perfect fit for me as well. I think as a player you would love to have a manager who does that. Sometimes it’s a bit crazy, but I like it.”

On his struggles playing for Southampton for the first half of the season:

“I had a tough injury, didn’t play for eight months, and then came back with enough of pressure on my shoulders, it wasn’t easy. I think after all that happened it wasn’t easy to do anything good. With the result we had at the time, it’s easy to blame one guy, but I had to take it, and it made me stronger. I’m just happy that everything is done, I enjoyed every bit of it at Southampton, with the players I had there and the managers too.”

On scoring the gamewinner against Everton on his debut:

“It was unbelievable. Some of my family and friends said you will score on your debut, but to actually do it, in the 84th minute, is something very special. It gave me goosebumps, and is something I’ll never forget.”

On the heightened expectations put on central defenders in recent years:

“People ask a lot more of us, especially at a club like Liverpool. But I’m just looking forward to what is coming. I love to have the pressure of having to win every game, love the pressure of keeping clean sheets every game, no matter if we’re 5-0 or 6-0 up. I just want to keep winning, and getting better myself.”

The whole interview is definitely worth your time.