Virgil van Dijk clarifies comments on Liverpool future after Jurgen Klopp exit announcement | Football

Virgil van Dijk has reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk insists he is fully committed to Liverpool and loves the club after leaving his future at Anfield in doubt with some ambiguous comments.

Jurgen Klopp announced that he will step down as manager of the Reds at the end of the season, which has led to questions over the future of key Liverpool players.

When asked if he could envisage being part of the post-Klopp era at Liverpool, Van Dijk said: ‘That’s a big question. Well, I don’t know.’

He was reminded that he has just 18 months left on his contract with Liverpool, and Van Dijk said: ‘That is correct, good maths. Listen, I don’t know.

‘The club will have a big job on their hands. That is well known. To replace the manager and replace not only the manager, the staff is leaving, and there are so many things that will change.

‘So the club has a big job on its hands and I am very curious which direction that will go in.

‘But when that will be announced we will see our situation. I can’t say much about it.’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk captain of Liverpool at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 17, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk have had an excellent relationship during their time at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

The Dutch defender has moved to clarify what he said, not committing his future beyond his current deal, but ensuring that he is fully focussed on achieving more success in the months to come.

‘It’s much taken out of context,’ Van Dijk said on the Men in Blazers podcast. ‘To be 100% clear, I’m fully committed to the club. I love the club, I love the fans. It is fully taken out of context. It’s not about me, it’s not about I, It’s about us and nothing has changed.

‘Five days ago we weren’t even speaking about my contract, so it’s silly. My full focus is on making sure this year can be a very special year and obviously a big announcement in the last couple of days, it’s been a shock to each one of us connected to the club. I feel exactly what the fans have been feeling.

‘We mean business here. We want to crack on, we want to achieve things we dreamed of at the start of the season. Don’t get it twisted, I’m fully committed to the club. I love it. I’m the captain and we’re going to go for it all. Let’s see how that goes.’

The Reds have their first Premier League match since Klopp’s announcement on Wednesday night as they host Chelsea.


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