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Virgil van Dijk: Just Go for It, Work Hard, Stay Humble

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Seems like that approach has gone pretty well so far.

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Virgil van Dijk just won, you know, the Champions League. Seems like he’s been an ok signing. At least, judging by his comments, it sounds like things are going alright.

“I think we should be hungry anyway”, Van Dijk told The Independent, when asked if this win pushes the players towards wanting more.

“But this season with Liverpool ended today, we got the Champions League.

“It’s something that we definitely wanted but I think in July when we start again everyone starts at zero.

“Everyone is working towards their goals and obviously we want to challenge for every trophy if possible. We have the squad for it.

“Hopefully we can challenge Man City again next season for the title because I don’t think they will go anywhere, but we will go nowhere either.

“To be two years in a row in the Champions League final is something we hope to be every year, but we know how difficult it is to reach it.

“But we are all ambitious. We all want to have these nights a couple of times a year.

“So, let’s just go for it, work hard, stay humble. That’s the only way forward.”

When asked about whether this puts him in the Ballon d’Or conversation, Van Dijk showed humility, stating that he thinks “[Lionel] Messi is the best player in the world.

“I think he deserves it as long as he plays, so the Ballon d’Or is not something I’m definitely thinking about.

“But if it happens by any chance then obviously, I will take it, but I don’t think there is any case.

“I think he’s still the best player in the world. It doesn’t matter if he’s not in the Champions League final or not.”

These comments sum up Van Dijk’s character perfectly. Humble, willing to be honest, but desperate to keep going and win more. You’ve won one major trophy at Liverpool now, Virgil. Let’s keep going for the next.