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Van Dijk on Ballon d’Or

Virgil van Dijk believes there is more to come from him at Liverpool despite being a front-runner for the Ballon d’Or.

The award, currently held by Croatia’s Luka Modric, has been lifted just once by a defender in more than 20 years.

Van Dijk has helped Liverpool to consecutive Champions League finals – of which they lifted one – and a record-breaking Premier League points tally since joining from Southampton in 2018.

“Obviously, it is a big honour to be named as one of the favourites to win such a prestigious award but what can I do? I just get on with playing,” he told BBC Sport.

“I am very hard on myself. I know the slightest loss of concentration, the slightest mistake will be punished. I try to limit it as much as possible.

“I have always been very critical of myself and I like the people around me to be critical too. And they are, the manager is as well, which is a good thing.

“I have improved since I joined Liverpool. Last year I am very satisfied with the fact that I played so many games on a consistent level, I am very proud of that fact.

“On a critical part I could have done more on attacking set-pieces, been more dangerous. It is not easy, I try to work on it.

“I feel there is still more to come. That comes from playing games.

“In my position it is all about experience as well. Playing games, staying fit, and that will hopefully bring success for the team.”

Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool at the end of the game during the lap of honour after the pre-season friendly match between Sevilla and Liverpool at Fenway Park on July 21
What a unit this man is! (Image: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)



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