Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk revealed that he is happy with his recovery from a knee injury that kept him out of the majority of last season. He believes that after nine months out there is still room for recovery. This week marks a year after he had to undergo surgery for a tear to his anterior crucial ligament in his right knee. Van Dijk had an extended pre-season and has gone on to start every game for Liverpool in the Premier League. He was rested for the first UEFA Champions League game against AC Milan before returning to the starting line-up against Porto.
“I know there are a lot of eyes pointing in my direction, wondering ‘is he going to be back in the same way,” Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk said. “They were already before but will be now even more, but it’s something I’m not thinking about. The only thing I can do is try my best each and every game. Everybody knows how difficult it is to come back from a knee injury. I don’t think there are a lot of examples of players who had an ACL and complex knee injury that gets back to their best after a year. I feel like I am improving. I have work to do but I don’t think about what others have to say or judge.”
“I am not a robot. I’m my own biggest critic and I know exactly when I can do better,” he added. “How I see it is to just improve as much as I can and I’m fairly confident in the way I see things. I’m playing at the highest level again, playing with a lot of joy, so far it is going in the right way and I am feeling fine but there is always room for improvement.”