Van Dijk encouraged by developing partnerships


Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has spoken about the partnerships he started developing against West Ham United on Sunday.

The Holland international was part of the defence which kept a clean sheet as Jurgen Klopp’s men got off to a 4-0 winning start in the Premier League in the opening round of fixtures.

Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker was making his competitive debut for the club after completing a £67m move from Italian side AS Roma – and Van Dijk feels the signs are encouraging.

“We speak a lot. He’s very vocal and that helps. It helps me and everyone in the backline. I think his presence is very good as well.” he told

“He has a lot of qualities on the ball that help us playing. We’ve worked the whole pre-season and we’ll keep practising. There’s still a lot to do.

“It’s just one game. We had a good pre-season with good results and games where we’ve played very well.

“But we can do a lot better and it’s just the start. I think the key is we need to be very consistent and do it every game.” he added.

The twenty-seven year old was partnered at the heart of the defence by England international Joe Gomez, who spent much of last season playing at right-back, and he backed the youngster following his performance.

“I was not really worried, to be fair.” he said.

“I’ve played a couple of games in pre-season with Joe at centre-back and I have a very good relationship with him, a very good understanding outside of the pitch as well.

“We need everyone in the squad.” he finished.

The trio are all likely to start the next game of the season as Klopp takes his squad to Selhurst Park to play against former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

It is the first away day of the campaign for the Reds and Palace will be in good form after their 2-0 win against top flight new boys Fulham.

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