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Van Dijk not surprised Liverpool are challenging for another Champions League final

Virgil van Dijk has said it is ‘not really a big surprise’ to him to see Liverpool competing for a place in the Champions League final for a second successive year.

The Reds fell at the final hurdle last year, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid who claimed their 13th European title in Kiev thanks to two howlers from ‘keeper Loris Karius.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s men have dusted themselves off this season, where not only have they amassed an incredible 91 points in the Premier League, but have once again navigated their way into the last four of the Champions League.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s enticing clash against Barcelona, newly crowned PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk has said that he is not surprised to see the Anfield outfit consistently mixing company with Europe’s elite.

“I see what we have, I see the players we have, I see the management and the way we play football so it is not really a big surprise,” Van Dijk said.

“But you still have do it and we have to do it on Wednesday as well. It is going to be unbelievably tough.

“You need to be ready for problems and we will be and hopefully we can get a good result or a result we can take with us back to Anfield and we are going to try everything to go through to the final.”

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