In his interview, the Netherlands star Van Dijk said: "It was an amazing year, but there's a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural. So you need to respect greatness as well.
"I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better.
"I'm very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still."