This year I can focus on getting back in shape as quickly as possible

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The sunny Liverpool central defender has made a good start along with the rest of the Liverpool players. The 31-year-old has been playing against Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Leipzig so far. There is no doubt that he is in good shape to start the season against Manchester City on Saturday.

Van Dijk knows he will always be in the spotlight, and he is also aware that he created expectations himself. Then, it may be a good idea to have a proper exercise in your legs.

There is definitely a different feeling in this race. I tried to calmly come back after injury last year, but this year I can focus 100% on getting back in shape as quickly as possible, Tell

With the 2022/2023 season approaching, Jurgen Klopp will have just under a month to prepare the squad for a long and difficult season. Van Dijk agrees that he is on the shorter team.

– We have a big game already coming up next week. Fortunately, I know myself and my body well. I know what I have to do to be ready for the season and I’m working towards that now.

Long-term stay when injured: Virgil van Dijk was off the season after tackling the hog on Jordan Pickford. It didn’t look very impressive for the Dutchman after his comeback.

Want to bring the whole team

Last season ended in disappointment for Van Dijk and his co-workers. After picking up two trophy gold medals in the League Cup and the FA Cup, there was still a disappointing group going into the holiday. The English Premier League and Champions League titles disappeared under the feet of the Reds.

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– Everyone was disappointed of course. He says getting close to two glasses is big (it was heavy), but not enough.

He has put last year’s disappointment behind him, and is now looking forward to a new season, not least the world championship with Holland. The framework is also set for what the team expects of itself this season.

We start every year by trying to win every game in front of us. It won’t be any different this year. We’ll give it a try for real, but we know how hard it can be.

Liverpool’s first-team squad currently has 27 players, according to Transfermarkt. In the preliminary period, two youngsters have also shown evidence that they can contribute this season. Van Dijk believes it is essential that the entire team is ready to contribute.

We have a good squad at the moment so I hope we can avoid the biggest problems and the biggest injuries. “Hopefully everyone will be part of a great season,” says the 31-year-old.

Unavailable: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of several players to have been injured this summer.  Others on the list include Kelleher, Ramsay and Guetta.

Not available: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of several players to have suffered an injury this summer. Others on the list include Kelleher, Ramsay and Guetta.

important tradition

In keeping with tradition, Luis Diaz, Calvin Ramsay, Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho will create a karaoke show for the rest of the Liverpool players at the training camp in Austria. Van Dijk remembers the summer he had to do it himself.

– I remember that, yes. I sang a song called RnB So are you by Fabolous. The Dutchman says I did my best.

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The 31-year-old, like Luis Diaz, entered January hoping to avoid the embarrassing session. The Colombian might have hoped for that too, but that’s not the case at Liverpool.

– She didn’t sing until summer. I thought I had gotten rid of that, but it was the first thing that came out of the hat, so I had to do it. Van Dijk concludes that it was a good feeling once I finished.

Liverpool meets Salzburg on Wednesday at 20:00. The match is broadcast on VG + Sport and LFCTV.

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