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Virgil van Dijk, captain of Liverpool FC. © ANSA / ADAM VAUGHAN

Van Dijk on Klopp's farewell: "It's going to be a hard day"

The fact that coach Jürgen Klopp is saying goodbye to Liverpool FC at the end of the season also scares Virgil van Dijk a bit.

“I’m afraid of the day,” the captain of the English first division football team told the broadcaster on Wednesday ITV News. “There will be a lot of changes and more employees will leave. It will be a tough day, but until that day comes we will fight and stay positive and put all our focus on it,” said the 32-year-old. But he is “a very emotional person” who doesn’t like goodbyes. Klopp brought the defensive star to the Reds from Southampton FC in January 2018 for around 84,5 million euros.


Last summer, the 56-year-old coach appointed the Dutch international Liverpool captain and the two have a close relationship. “We know the end of the season will be emotional. But we can make it emotional in a good way by winning trophies,” said van Dijk.

The chances of winning the second championship title under Klopp are good, in the Europa League the opponent is Atalanta in the quarter-finals. “Winning the two remaining trophies is success,” said van Dijk. In the FA Cup, Liverpool lost to Manchester United in the quarter-finals, and in the League Cup there was a final triumph against Chelsea.

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