Van Dijk on playing against Arne Slot in Eredivisie in 2013: 'He came on, we won'

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Van Dijk on playing against Arne Slot in Eredivisie in 2013: 'He came on, we won'

Back in 2013, up-and-coming defender Virgil van Dijk and seasoned midfielder Arne Slot locked horns in an Eredivisie game between Groningen and Zwolle.

Fast forward 11 years and the two Dutchmen will be reunited at Liverpool — the centre-back a captain, the former midfielder a manager.

Van Dijk said about that game, as quoted by DaveOckop: “I saw a picture [of me playing against Slot], he came on and we won the game and I kept a clean sheet against him!

“Yeah, I did [speak to someone about him]. I am very curious and have a lot of questions all the time.

“We will see, the Premier League and Liverpool is obviously a different ball game but we are here for him, I’ll be here for him whatever he needs.

“It is all about sticking together and give him the chance of showing what he is capable of with the other guys who will come in.

“He probably knows already but everyone knows our expectations are always huge and it is about managing that in the right way and getting the maximum out of all of our players.

“It starts with having a good break and then we are ready to go again. Firstly the Euros for me and Copa America for others, some have a little rest, and then we are starting from scratch again.”

AuthorAleksei BlokhinSourceDaveOckop
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