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Liverpool defender van Dijk hits back at critics: I'm only getting better

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists he has plenty of room for improvement after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The 30-year-old feels as though he has been under greater scrutiny since returning from ACL surgery.

But van Dijk insists he is improving every week he is back on the pitch.

"I know there are a lot of eyes pointing in my direction, wondering 'is he going to be back in the same way'," 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.

"The only thing to get there is to play games, to get better, to get more confident in the things you do, get back to normal things."

He added: "I am not a robot. I'm my own biggest critic and I know exactly when I can do better,

"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."


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