Virgil van Dijk says he feels underneath larger scrutiny following his recovery from a knee injury that noticed him sidelined for 9 months and has loads of room for improvement.
It is strictly a yr because the Liverpool defender was advised he required surgical procedure on an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his proper knee sustained in a problem by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Van Dijk, 30, went on to overlook the rest of final time period but, after an prolonged pre-season, has since performed each minute of Liverpool’s opening Premier League video games within the new marketing campaign.
“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 mentioned.
“They had been already earlier than but will likely be now much more, but it is one thing I’m not enthusiastic about. The solely factor I can do is strive my finest every sport.
“Everybody is aware of how tough it’s to come back again from a knee injury. I do not suppose there are quite a lot of examples of gamers who had an ACL and complicated knee injury that will get again to their finest after a yr.
“I really feel like I’m enhancing. I’ve work to do but I do not take into consideration what others must say or decide.
“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.”
Van Dijk was rested in Liverpool’s opening group-stage win towards AC Milan earlier than he performed within the 5-1 win towards Porto and is predicted to start out towards Atletico Madrid within the Spanish capital on Tuesday.
The Reds’ 5-0 Premier League win was Van Dijk’s fifth clear sheet in 9 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect to this point this season.
“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 taking part in on the highest degree once more, taking part in with quite a lot of pleasure, to this point it’s getting into the proper method and I’m feeling fantastic but there’s all the time room for improvement.”