Virgil van Dijk Biography
Virgil van Dijk (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ˈdɛik]; born 8 July 1991) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Netherlands national team. Considered to be one of the best defenders in the world, he is known for his strength, leadership and aerial ability. In 2019 he was named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year finishing ahead of Messi and Ronaldo; he also finished runner-up for the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
After beginning his professional career with Groningen, Van Dijk moved to Celtic in 2013, where he won the Scottish Premiership and was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in both of his seasons with the club, also winning the Scottish League Cup in the latter. In September 2015, he joined Premier League side Southampton before signing for Liverpool in January 2018 for £75 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender at the time. Van Dijk was involved in reaching the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final during his first spring at Liverpool. In his first full season at the club Van Dijk was named the PFA Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season for the 2018–19 season. Van Dijk starred as Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final where he was named man of the match.
Van Dijk made his international debut for the Netherlands in 2015 and became captain of his country in 2018. In 2018, he scored his first international goal in a 3–0 win over European champions Portugal. He later captained them to the inaugural 2019 UEFA Nations League Final where they finished runners-up.
Virgil van Dijk Boosted Liverpool
Liverpool were handed a huge boost after Virgil van Dijk completed a full training session ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup final against Flamengo on Saturday.
The Liverpool centre back has recovered from an illness, which ruled him out of the Club World Cup semi-final victory against Monterrey on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was the only player not to train with Klopp’s squad, who sit top of the Premier League table by a massive 10 points.
Wijnaldum looks set to miss the final as he is still recovering from a hamstring problem sustained in last weekend’s victory over Watford.
The Reds were in high spirits on the eve of their eagerly-anticipated final, having secured their spot in the showpiece event thanks to goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino against Monterrey.
Prior to training on Friday, every member of the Liverpool squad sang happy birthday in their own language to Sepp van den Berg, who has just turned 18.
Virgil van Dijk Key Points
- Liverpool take on Flamengo in the FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday
- They have been given a huge boost by the return to fitness of Virgil van Dijk
- The Liverpool centre back missed the semi-final vs Monterrey through illness