Virgil Van Dijk: Liverpool Captain Clarifies Statement About His Future After Klopp’s Exit

Virgil Van Dijk: Liverpool Captain Clarifies Statement About His Future After Klopp’s Exit

Elijah Odetokun
updated at January 31, 2024 at 9:38 AM
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  • Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season after nine years
  • Virgil van Dijk appeared to cast doubt on his future beyond this season
  • The Reds skipper has now issued another statement clearing up the air

Virgil van Dijk’s initial statement regarding his future at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp announced he would leave the club at the end of the season has been clarified.

Last week, Klopp shocked the football world when he announced he would leave after nine years in charge at the Merseyside club, sending fans into panic mode.

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Virgil van Dijk celebrates after scoring Liverpool's fourth goal in the 5-2 win over Norwich City in the FA Cup. Photo by John Powell.
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Van Dijk cast doubt on his future after he claimed he would assess his future based on the next trend of events at the club, leading fans to believe he wanted to leave.

Per Transfermarkt, he is one of the four first-team players who will have a year left on their contracts by the end of the season, with Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold also on the list.

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Van Dijk clarifies statement

The Dutch national team captain began getting questioned by fans on social media over his commitment after making such a statement while they were still shocked by Klopp’s news.

In an interview with Men in Blazers, the former Southampton defender cleared the air, claiming his first comments were taken entirely out of context.

“Let’s make it clear. I am 100% committed to the club, I love the fans. It is fully taken out of context. It’s not about me, it’s about us. We weren’t even talking about my contract five days ago, so it’s a bit silly!” he said.

He was named captain ahead of the new season after the departures of James Milner and Jordan Henderson to Brighton and Al-Ettifaq, respectively.

He will be pivotal in helping the club transition into a new era. Per The Athletic, the club contacted former sporting director Michael Edwards, but he rejected the approach.

Five players who could leave Liverpool

Sports Brief analysed five players who could leave Liverpool after van Dijk's statement casts doubts on his future at Anfield beyond the current season.

He is one of the players whose contract either expires this summer or in 2025, making it difficult for the club to hold on to them if they decide to move on in their careers.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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