Liverpool defender Van Dijk tells doubters: Don't worry about me

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he has no concerns over his knee ahead of a return to action with Holland.

The 31-year-old has yet to feature for his country at a major international tournament having missed last year’s European Championships due to an ACL injury.

“Not at all, not at all,” said the centre-back when asked if he was worried about his knee. “I can assure you that is definitely not the case. We are not in the situation because of that.

“I would understand because of the start we had everyone is looking for ‘Why?’ because the difference is too big (from last season) but I can assure you that is definitely not one of the reasons. You focus on the game at the time and that’s definitely what we’re doing.

“I can only speak for myself and I wouldn’t worry about me. If you think about this I think you are going to have issues, in my opinion. It is just game-by-game and that includes international football.

“I want to go (to the World Cup) but to be ready, in my opinion, is not to focus on hopefully not getting injured, it is just keep playing, get fit, stay fit and get in a good moment.”

Liverpool went into the international break on the back of a 2-1 Champions League home win over Ajax in which Van Dijk was skipper.

And the defender said: “Obviously I am very excited to lead the boys out there and do as good as we can. It was a big one for us, now I and certain players have internationals and other players will train and play friendlies in order to stay fit and get fit and we will get players back after the internationals.

“Then Brighton will be the focus. I’m not focusing on what is happening in November. (Against Ajax) we had a good step and hopefully we can carry that on after the internationals.”