van Dijk: Let's keep improving

By SFC Media Sat 12 Nov Virgil Van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk feels Southampton can get even better defensively to build on their impressive record so far this season.

Saints kept six consecutive clean sheets earlier in the campaign, and Van Dijk has formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the back four with José Fonte.

But the Dutch international insists there is always room for improvement, ahead of a trip to league leaders Liverpool following the international break.

“It’s been a lot of games but we’ve all enjoyed it and I think it’s a good thing that the whole squad has been involved as well,” he said.

“We will take every game as it comes but anything can happen in the Premier League. That was proven last year and I think it’s going to be the same this year.

“It was a slow start to the season but we’ve done well as a team defensively. We want to keep improving, keep getting better and I think we will.”

van Dijk’s performances have earned praise from far and wide, with former Saint Jamie Redknapp describing him as the perfect modern day centre-back.

Reflecting on those comments and his leadership qualities, he added: “It’s nice to hear those things and I’m very proud to play for this beautiful club.

“In the position I play, I think you need to be an example for a lot of players any way and a leader for the team.

“I want to be vocal for the team and try to get everybody ready.”

Virgil Van Dijk
Defence stats
Tackles won
15/23
Clearances
81
Blocks
8
interceptions
26
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