Record signing Van Dijk 'settled' at Liverpool

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Van Dijk finally got his move in the winter window and despite all that's happened, the defender still recognises that Southampton helped build his career.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has hinted the defender could be a future captain for his country, but Van Dijk focused only on the upcoming friendlies against England and Portugal.

Van Dijk's immediate focus has been shifted from club commitments to global outings, with the Netherlands readying themselves for a friendly clash with England.

Koeman was named as his country's new boss this year after he was sacked by Liverpool's rivals Everton earlier on in the season.

Jurgen Klopp also has a better record against Guardiola than any other manager, but Van Dijk still expects the Reds to face a hard task against City. 'Is it quicker than I might have thought? Though he had not played much this season he was eager to get plenty of action in a Red shirt under his belt as soon as possible.

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"Now, I'm getting better and better and the understanding with all of the players is getting much better".

"What per cent am I now?" That's hard. But I'm completely over the ankle problems (which kept him out for long periods in the last year), definitely.

"At the end you need to play against the best to win this trophy", Germany global Gundogan said to City's website. "That's pretty clear right now". Coming out of the global break, Liverpool face trips to both Selhurst Park and Goodison Park in the Premier League with a two-legged tie with Manchester City sandwiched in between.

'You don't think about that when you're heading off with the global team; you're giving everything for your country, and that's what I'm going to do, ' said Van Dijk. We play England as well, so it's going to be good. "Man City is a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be 100% or even better to beat them over two games". Our cooperation has always been pleasant, an enjoyable time and we performed so well with Southampton that we qualified for European football.

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