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Name Virgil van Dijk
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
  Southampton
  Celtic FC
  Groningen
2013 06
Van Dijk moved to Celtic FC for £2.6m from Groningen on a four-year deal

2015 08 26 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk considers future after Celtic’s Champions League defeat to Malmo] Celtic is an amazing club and I’m very thankful for everything. But if the right opportunity comes then I’ll consider it. It’s a terrible way [to go] if it ends like this but I have a lot of great memories at the club

[Quizzed about the link with Southampton] I think you need to ask the board. I don’t know what will happen in the coming days. I’ve not been talking to anyone. Now that qualification is over we will wait and see. I’m not looking for anything. It’s a great place to be and they gave me an opportunity to show myself, so I’m very thankful for that

[The Dutchman apologised to fans after a tame loss to Malmo, with Celtic having led 2-0 just 10 minutes into the first leg] We knew there was pressure before the game and we told each other to be calm, take your moments and just play our game because we are better than them but we didn’t show it. They got the belief after the first goal, which was a foul in my opinion. After that, we had trouble keeping the ball and simple things went wrong. I’m a winner. I want to win every game I play. But we were poor and there is no excuse

2015 09 01 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk leaves Celtic for Southampton] I would like to thank all the Celtic fans for the magnificent support they have given me during my time at the club. Celtic is a brilliant football club; it will always be in my heart and I will always be a Celtic supporter myself

I know Celtic did not want me to leave and wanted to extend my contract. The club did everything to keep me and I appreciate that but I felt the time was right for a new challenge in the English Premier League. I thank everyone at the club, the manager and all the staff and I wish Celtic and the fans the very best for the future

2017 01 31
Virgil van Dijk had a fracture of the malleolus [an injury to the soft part of the ankle] that led to him missing the remainder of the season

2017 08 08 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk says he has handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton] I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer. I want to play European football again and challenge for major honors and as such I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist

I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed

Over the past six months I have held numerous discussions with representatives of the board, the former manager Claude Puel as well as the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino to inform them all of my desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge. I have consistently relayed my feelings to senior management at Southampton in what I believed to be private and personal conversations. Disappointingly, these conversations have regularly found their way into the media

2017 10 06 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk claims his interview with Dutch media were twisted by the English media] I have no regrets. Of course, I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club. Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible

[In light of the negative backlash he has received, van Dijk told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that those words were taken out of context] I once felt at Celtic that my words were completely twisted. It’s annoying if something is misinterpreted, because people get a wrong picture of you. I came across as a spoilt brat who was only busy looking at options to make a transfer in winter, but I’m not. It was not my words and I would never say that. My focus is entirely on Southampton, I work hard on training and competitions and have respect for the club after what happened last summer

2018 08 13 Retrieve

[When asked how Alisson had settled in on Merseyside] Very good. We speak a lot. He’s very vocal and that helps. It helps me and everyone in the back line. I think his presence is very good as well. He has a lot of qualities on the ball that helps get us playing. We’ve worked on it the whole pre-season and we’ll keep practising. There’s still a lot to do.

The most important thing is that we look at ourselves. We know that right now we have a great squad. We have a lot of quality players. Everyone who plays for Liverpool has a lot of quality. It’s all about being consistent. We want to challenge for any competition. But we must look at ourselves

Of course we want to challenge. I do not feel any pressure in that case but we play every game to win, that’s how our mind-set is. Against West Ham our focus was good and now we recover before focusing on Crystal Palace, which is going to be a very tough game. It’s just one game. We had a good pre-season with good results and games where we’ve played very well. It was a very good performance, almost complete. Good goals, maybe we should have scored a bit more. Clean sheet, we kept it tight. Something to build on. But we can do a lot better and it’s just the start. I think the key is we need to be very consistent and do it every game

2018 11 24 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk explaining why he embraced referee Ovidiu Hategan after the Netherlands 2-2 draw with Germany] He broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother. I wished him strength and said he had refereed well. It’s a small thing, but I hope it helped him

2018 12 12 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk Defends Tackle on Dries Mertens After Carlo Ancelotti Comments] I don’t think it was a bad challenge at all. Unfortunately I touched him, but I would never go in to hurt him or anything like that. I had the ball and obviously the wet pitch you slide through and I touched him, but that’s football

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk speaking ahead of the UEFA Super Cup about the appointment of Stephanie Frappart, the first female referee to officiate a major men’s European match] I think gender is irrelevant. If the quality is there, and obviously it is there, because otherwise she wouldn’t get appointed for this game, then it doesn’t really matter. If you look at her CV as well, she had been doing so many good games and, you know, they made probably the right decision. And what I said before, gender doesn’t matter at all

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Joe Gomez was involved in a bust-up with Raheem Sterling at Three Lions training on Monday and received the negative reaction from supporters after coming on as a substitute during the 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday night] It’s disappointing to see [the Gomez booing]. I want to say as well it’s been dealt with. I think everyone should stop talking about it because it’s just a thing that happened. They all sorted it out. Everyone needs to move on, leave Joe especially alone. But yes, it was disappointing to see

[With Liverpool creating an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table ahead of Leicester City and Chelsea following the win over City, Van Dijk was asked about whether the Reds would end their 30-year wait for a league title] I’m not gonna say that [it feels like Liverpool’s year]. It’s something for the media. For players the main thing is we focus on the game ahead of us

For me personally it’s Northern Ireland, it’s a tough task. What happens with Liverpool in the future we’ll see, we have no influence on it, the season is so long. My focus is on the next game, at the moment that’s [with our] national teams

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk has told The Athletic of Jordan Henderson, his skipper] Jordan is such an important player for this team. The contribution he makes goes unnoticed sometimes. I don’t know if he’s underappreciated outside the club, but inside the club I know how highly we all think of him. He’s our captain and he always leads by example

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk talks about his season] It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural. So you need to respect greatness as well. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better. I’m very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Virgil Van Dijk not worried over Liverpool’s lack of clean sheets] It doesn’t really matter but no one wants to concede goals even if you win the game. But I am not going to go to bed thinking ‘Oh s**t’ we conceded a goal. It is all about the team winning games. We want to win in the best way possible and obviously that is by not conceding but if we win it with conceding then everyone is still happy

We are in a good situation we can’t deny that but we are not there yet. We never are satisfied, especially when the season is not even halfway. We want to keep going and focus on the games ahead of us. So from now we will recover from this and be happy and fully prepare for Bournemouth at the weekend

The thing is we have to find a way to win every game we play whether it is with different players or different tactics we are always trying to find a way. The players who came into the team don’t play regularly at all. Look at Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, they did fantastic, we played Adam Lallan), Milly [James Milner], everyone is contributing and we need everyone

That is the key message and it is good. The season is very long, this month is very long – January as well – so the manager makes the decisions at the end of the day but we need everyone to be ready. We have a big squad and everyone is part of what is going on at the moment. Everyone is happy with the situation we are in. And everyone is also feeling responsible as well, ready to play or if you are on the bench. Everyone is part of the success we have and that is the message to everyone and so far, so good

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Van Dijk credits Oblak for ending Liverpool’s Champions League hopes] I think everything went right for 95 minutes, at least. We were outstanding, I think. We dominated the game and had the intensity that they had to deal with. But they had an outstanding goalkeeper and he kept them alive. He pulled off some great saves. He saved them, plenty of times. Maybe three or four big, big saves that I can remember off the top of my head. We tried everything, that was the main thing.

We played very well. I think no one can question that. You are obviously left with nothing at the end of the game, scored the first, second and in the end they scored at the end. That can happen when we are trying to go all out. We expected exactly the way they played tonight. I think everyone expected that if you look at them, it is their right to approach the game the way they did. I think we did everything we could to win the game. As I say, we were outstanding for 95 minutes. We were intense, we dominated, won the ball, won a lot of second balls and put in a lot of work and heart in the challenges. The only thing is we are out of the Champions League

2020 03 13b Retrieve

[There is no confirmation yet that Monday’s game will be played under such conditions, but Saturday’s Under-18s derby at Kirkby will take place without spectators, and Goal understands both Liverpool and Everton are preparing for the news that the senior version will be affected too] I think the main thing is football should be played with fans. We play also for the fans, the fans pay to come and support us. But it is not their decision, it is not our decision, the decision is going to be made by the government and the Premier League and until that decision is made we just have to wait and see. If the decision is made, accept it.

Everybody has to be ready for another intense game and we will be, everyone wants to play those kind of games, I want to play those kind of games. So let’s go out there and enjoy it and don’t forget why we are 25 points clear at the top. We have to focus on ourselves. We need to get a good result at Goodison Park. That is going to be very tough. They are not in the best moment either so we will try everything to get a good result but we know how difficult it will be

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk talks about his career dreams with Sport] [I want to be remembered] as a Liverpool legend. I want to achieve incredible things here. We have a fantastic team, we don’t lack anything, we have all the tools necessary to go on winning: a coach that we identify with, a versatile squad, a style of play that breeds victories, a stadium and supporters that play their part. Yes, I would like to be one of those players that return to Anfield after retiring. I see club legends at games and I feel part of a really big family

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk has declared that Liverpool took their season to another level after claiming a long-awaited Premier League title] It’s unbelievable, what a season. We’ve been incredible. To be part of this group of players and part of this journey is incredible and I am very proud to be able to call myself a Premier League winner. Of course, I watched the [Man City/Chelsea] game. I don’t watch too many games but the game felt like it was taking ages and never ended. When the free-kick went in from Kevin [De Bruyne] - what an incredible goal by the way - I was getting nervous, and I haven’t been nervous in a while. But after that it was just celebration time and we are all proud of each other. I can’t really describe the feeling to be honest. In the league this year we have taken it to another level. We have been so consistent and played so well

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Jordan Henderson has captained Liverpool to the title] I don’t know if he is under-appreciated outside the club, but inside the club I know how highly we all think of him