Virgil van Dijk has outlined his ambition to be remembered as ‘a Liverpool legend’ and believes everything is in place for a sustained era of success at the club.
The Dutch defender has played a hugely influential role in the club’s progress since arriving from Southampton just over two years ago, establishing himself as arguably the finest centre-back in world football and finishing as the runner-up for the Ballon d’Or.
Van Dijk helped Liverpool to Champions League success last season before adding the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup to his list of silverware, whilst the Reds were also closing in on a first league title in three decades before the suspension of football amid the coronavirus crisis.
Established as one of the best players in world football at present, Van Dijk has now opened up on his ambitions to be remembered as one of Liverpool’s all-time greats, believing he is in the right place to fulfil his dreams of winning major trophies in the coming seasons.
“How would I like to be remembered? Like a Liverpool legend,” Van Dijk told Sport.
“I want to achieve incredible things here. We have a fantastic team, we are not missing anything, we have all the necessary tools to continue progressing.
“[We have] a coach [in Jurgen Klopp] with whom we identify, a versatile squad, a style of play that gives us victories, a stadium and fans, that adds up.
“Yes, I would like to be one of those players who returns to Anfield after retiring. I come across legends during encounters and I feel part of a very large and well-liked family.”