Virgil van Dijk hails efforts of Liverpool defenders for upsurge in form

first_img huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The Reds were totally outplayed by Spurs last October They travel to Wembley again to face Spurs on Saturday lunchtime but Liverpool look far more stable defensively than they did last season.Van Dijk was appointed Netherlands captain in March, Reds left-back Andy Robertson was named Scotland captain last week and Joe Gomez has experience as England’s Under-21 skipper.And the £75million player suggested the leadership roles for the Liverpool defenders would help them take their game to the next level.On the feeling of being made captain of your national side, Van Dijk said: “It’s something special — not only for yourself, but also for your family, and the hard work you’ve put in since day one. It’s very special. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Liverpool FC News 1 “I think it’s one of the biggest honours of your career, personally, to be the captain of your country. When I saw Robbo was made captain of Scotland, I was very happy for him. I FaceTimed him and congratulated him!”Since Van Dijk arrived at Anfield in January, the Reds have had the best defensive record in the Premier League.He was awarded Liverpool’s Player of the Month for August – making him only the fifth defender to win the prize in the past five years.Van Dijk added: “It’s my first one and I am very pleased to have won it. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED smart causal shining REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury silverware possible standings Virgil van Dijk believes his fellow defenders deserve equal praise for Liverpool’s surge in form at the back.The Dutchman has led a complete transformation in the Reds’ displays in defence almost a year on from a nightmare performance against Tottenham at Wembley – where they were comprehensively beaten 4-1. Great feeling to have been named the @StanChart Player of the Month for August, it means a lot! Thank you to all of my teammates for helping me on the pitch! full focus now on our big game on Saturday #YNWA 😃— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) September 12, 2018“But almost everyone in the team deserved it this month; everyone has been outstanding, giving their all, and you could see that in the results.“I’m very happy we’re doing so well at the moment and we need to keep going. I am enjoying every bit of it, but that’s all credit to all of the players involved.“It’s not only me and I would never take credit on my own. We do it all together and it starts on the training pitch.”last_img read more

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