Van Dijk says he has room for improvement as he continues recovery

Mon 18 October 2021 | 22:34

Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk understands he is under careful scrutiny after returning from a serious injury, but says he still has plenty of room for improvement.

The Netherlands international has been working hard to return to full fitness after sustaining a ligament injury in his knee during


's Merseyside derby with


in October 2020. 

The 30-year-old has played every minute of all eight Premier League matches so far and says he is 'happy' to have been able to do so.

"I know there are a lot of eyes pointing in my direction, wondering 'is he going to be back in the same way,"

Van Dijk



"They were already before but will be now even more, but it's something I'm not thinking about. The only thing I can do is try my best each and every game.

"Everybody knows how difficult it is to come back from a knee injury. I don't think there are a lot of examples of players who had an ACL and complex knee injury that gets back to their best after a year.

"I feel like I am improving. I have work to do but I don't think about what others have to say or judge.

"The only thing to get there is to play games, to get better, to get more confident in the things you do, get back to normal things."

He was rested for two Champions League ties against

AC Milan



but he is now expected to start against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

"I am not a robot. I'm my own biggest critic and I know exactly when I can do better,"

he added


"How I see it is to just improve as much as I can and I'm fairly confident in the way I see things.

"I'm playing at the highest level again, playing with a lot of joy, so far it is going in the right way and I am feeling fine but there is always room for improvement."

source: SportMob

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