Premier League: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk urges teammates to stay humble in quest to end six-year trophy drought
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has stated that the Reds will need to remember that they have not yet won a major trophy, and will need to keep collectively working towards winning more silverware.
Virgil van Dijk expects Liverpool to be a threat for any opposition in four competitions this season but said the players will need to stay humble if they want to end a six-year trophy drought.
The Merseyside club have won all of their six matches this season, including Tuesday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener.
Van Dijk, who arrived at Anfield from Southampton in January, insists their faultless start to the campaign is just a small step on a journey the club hopes will end with a first trophy since the 2012 League Cup. “We want to compete for every competition like we did last year, and we wanted to start well this time,” the Dutch defender told British media.
“We’ve had a good start to the season, nothing has been won yet, we need to show it every week, every three days now. Everyone is excited, everyone is feeling good, everyone wanted to be part of this. And you know, we know the season is very long, we have four competitions to play in, and we want to win everything,” van Dijk said.
Despite showing improvement since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in 2015, Liverpool have lost three finals since the German took over at the club.
“You need to have ambitions, and with the size of this club, with the people around here and the history of the club,” Van Dijk said, adding, “the season is just started, we have started well. We don’t need to take anything for granted, we have to keep working hard and stay humble.”
It was a historic victory for Al Ahly, who became the first club to win back-to-back Champions League titles three times.
Celtic must now recover in time for this weekend's start of the Scottish Premiership season. They face Hearts on Saturday.
The 2020 competition was disrupted heavily by the pandemic, and concluded with a 'Final Eight' tournament in Lisbon after it was forced to move away from Istanbul.