Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has clarified current feedback which advised he was contemplating his future on the membership.
In wake of final week’s announcement that Jurgen Klopp can be stepping down because the Reds’ supervisor on the finish of the season, Van Dijk admitted he didn’t know whether or not he can be a part of the membership’s long-term plans.
Nevertheless, Klopp sought to defend Van Dijk in a press convention on Tuesday, claiming the defender was caught off guard by such a query and no person cared about his future till just a few days in the past.
In an interview with Sky Sports Germany, Liverpool’s membership captain insisted he stays centered on his profession at Anfield.
“It’s a lot taken out of context,” Van Dijk stated of his earlier feedback.
“To be 100% clear, I’m totally dedicated to the membership. I like the membership, I like the followers. It’s totally taken out of context.
“It’s not about me, it isn’t about I, it’s about us, nothing has modified. 5 days in the past we weren’t even talking about my contract, so it is a bit foolish. My full focus is on ensuring this yr is a really particular yr.
“It was clearly an enormous announcement the final couple of days, it has been an enormous shock to every certainly one of us related to the membership.
“I’ve been feeling precisely what the followers have been feeling in that actual second. However, we imply enterprise right here.
“We wish to crack on, we wish to obtain the issues that we dreamed of firstly of the season. We’re in a great place, so let’s give it our all.
“However, like I stated already within the begin, do not get it twisted. I’m totally dedicated to the membership and I like it. I like each second. I’m the captain and we’re going to go for all of it and let’s examine how that goes.
“He’s only a human being, he’s a little bit of a father for us because the squad, he has been that regular determine for therefore a few years and it will be unusual not having him subsequent season. However I don’t wish to converse an excessive amount of about it as a result of we’re nonetheless within the mixture of it, nonetheless centered on issues we wish to obtain.”
90min revealed on Tuesday Liverpool’s plans to maintain Van Dijk within the long-term, even when he begins to tackle a extra decreased function akin to Thiago Silva’s standing at Chelsea.