The defensive duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez continues to impress this season. Liverpool are now on a six-game winning streak thanks to Jürgen Klopp’s near-impenetrable backline. Of course, Alisson has been no slouch in goal, saving the team on occasion. Andrew Robertson has been doing more of his thing up and down the left. And Trent Alexander-Arnold has been in good form. But it’s Van Dijk’s leadership and organization (read: vocal and commanding, commanding and vocal) that really ties the room together.
Liverpool have had a dynamite start in both the Premier League and Champions League campaigns, competitions the club will be aiming to win this season. The League Cup and FA Cup tournament will arrive soon enough and Van Dijk says he and his teammates are focused on winning everything with Liverpool.
“I want to win things, I want to create memories here and write history as well with all these boys,” said Van Dijk. “Everyone is excited, everyone is feeling good, everyone wants to be part of this.
“We know the season is very long, we have four competitions to play in, and we want to win everything. That is basically our mindset, otherwise you’d better stop.
“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.
“It’s going to be something very difficult to do but we are going to just try it. That is the only way forward.”
Expectations were always going to be high for Liverpool’s progress this season, considering the club’s successes last campaign as well as the reinforcements brought in over the summer. But it’s really going so much better than we hoped.
Van Dijk highlights the depth in the squad and the unity amongst the players that has served the team well thus far. The Dutchman knows that failure is always an option in football and the best way to move forward is together.
“If you look at the team we have, if you look at the whole squad, there are players not even in the squad who have so much potential and so much quality, it says a lot about our team,” Van Dijk said.
“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.
“There will be a day when we have downs as well, but then it is how we react. I am not worried about anything.”