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  • David Tyrer

Van Dijk shows his Liverpool captain credentials in being hard on Robbo and Trent

You may have noticed during the last 18 months why Virgil Van Dijk can often be seen barking at our two young, attacking full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Even against Watford 2 weeks ago, Van Dijk was often seen shouting at the pair, or shaking his head at a mistake or slip up, despite the fact that they shared 5 assists in a single game between them.

But Van Dijk has explained that he is showing the young pair this 'tough love', as he is keen to see them both reach their potential and believes they're both capable of much more.

Speaking to, big Virg said: "They are having outstanding seasons and I am always a bit hard on them because I want them to do very well, like Robbo always says in the media! But I am enjoying every bit of it, seeing them perform like this.

"They are fantastic players, full of confidence and they should be full of confidence because they’re performing at such a high level. I said to Robbo the other day that he needs to get some goals as well to be even better, but that’s just me wanting to push him to improve even more!

"That’s something I like, to push him – and Trent the same."

Van Dijk was asked about the scenes from Anfield against Watford, where he could be seen shoving Robertson's face away, he explained: "I saw that as well! It’s just me and him always joking,” the Netherlands captain laughed.

"We have a great understanding and it’s always great to play with him. He can help me, I can help him, and that’s how we all work together, especially at the back. In the end, we do it all together."

The Liverpool leader then went on to talk about how the defensive brilliance this season isn't just about him, it's a collective effort, in which both Trent and Andy are keys cogs.

With Burnley to come on Sunday, followed by Bayern Munich in the week and Fulham the weekend after, before a visit to Anfield of Spurs, the big games are coming thick and fast now and we'll need that defensive solidity. Particularly if our front 3 keep on misfiring!

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