Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk has been speaking in the aftermath of Jurgen Klopp’s shock announcement on Friday morning.
Liverpool fans will no doubt be devasted at the news considering all the German has done for the storied club.
Having just been announced as Jurgen Klopp’s own captain, van Dijk will likely feel a bit disappointed.
The Dutch international is turning 33 this year and will also have to plan for his long-future.
Despite the bombshell delivered by his manager last week, van Dijk remains upbeat about Liverpool’s season, and urged the squad to make it a season befitting of a Jurgen Klopp send-off.
Sailing off into the sunset with a Premier League title would be no less than the German deserves for all that he has done for the Anfield club.
However, Virgil van Dijk, alongside Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, see their contracts at Liverpool expire in 18 months.
Meanwhile, further doubt on Joel Matip’s future at Anfield has been cast – with the 32-year-old’s own deal expiring this summer.
When asked about the prospect of Liverpool without Jurgen Klopp, he said (via the Times):
“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.”
“Obviously it will be the end of Jürgen Klopp’s era,” van Dijk continued.
“I am very glad that I am still part of it. That is why I don’t like to speak about it. I am still part of it.”
“That is my main focus [the Klopp era] and we will see at the end of the season.”
“Hopefully, we have the success that we all dream of and fight for each day and, by then, there will probably be more clarification for what the club wants for the future and then we will see.”
Van Dijk had initially remained coy in his feelings about Klopp’s decision.
He just given an interview to Liverpool’s media channels on Saturday.
But was then asked if he saw himself being part of the next era:
“That’s a big question,” the 32-year-old said. “Well, I don’t know.”
Virgil van Dijk can’t imagine Liverpool without Jurgen Klopp
It does feel like Liverpool’s No.4 can’t conceptualize Klopp no longer being the Liverpool manager, and who can blame him?
The German has led Liverpool from a fallen giant to the pinnacle of European and global football since his appointment in 2015.
Under his leadership, the club have won almost every trophy imaginable including the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and more.
He has transformed the club and everyone connected to it, and perhaps most importantly, he breathed life into Liverpool at a dark time in the club’s history.
He defined a period at Liverpool, and all who went on the journey with will surely remember it for the rest of their lives.