Van Dijk unveils what makes him so calm on the pitch
- Working hard at every single moment of his career has forged van Dijk's mentality.
- The key thing in being successful on the pitch is turning nervousness to excitement.
- The only people who can affect van Dijk's opinion on himself are teammates, family and friends.
Virgil van Dijk is so confident on the pitch, it even earned him a line 'calm as you like' in his personal chant.
"My mentality comes from what I’ve experienced over the years," Van Dijk told Unisport. "I think I’ve been working hard for every step of the way. I’ve never had an easy route to where I am.
"I always made sure that I had to keep working hard, stay humble. That makes me where I am right now and just keep working hard.
"I think in games you need to turn nervous feelings to more excitement anyway, otherwise you’re going to limit your ability to play. You’re going to put it in your head that you don’t want to make mistakes and normally then you’re going to make mistakes.
"So the thing is, when I play games I just want to go out there, show everything that I’ve got and have no regrets after the game. Anyone these days can have their opinions, but not a lot matters to me – other than the people around me, my team and family and friends."