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Virgil van Dijk admits Liverpool 'unknown' as Arne Slot arrival addressed

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on May 26 2024
-Credit: (Image: Sky Sports)


Virgil van Dijk admits Liverpool face a step into the unknown under new head coach Arne Slot - but is confident the Reds can continue their upward trajectory under the Dutchman.

Slot will officially begin his Anfield reign next Saturday having been appointed as replacement to Jurgen Klopp, who has left after almost nine years in charge.

The Reds finished the current campaign by returning to the Champions League with a third-place finish having earlier claimed the League Cup with final victory over Chelsea.

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And Liverpool skipper Van Dijk has echoed the comments of vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold in believing the transition to the new coaching team will be relatively pain-free.

"I hope so," he said. "Obviously I have full trust in the club and all the decisions going forward. It's exciting as well.

"Change is always a bit in the unknown, but I have got full confidence and am looking forward to the new season already."

Asked if Liverpool can carry on from their good campaign, Van Dijk added: "100%, but success is not guaranteed. That's pretty obvious. We are going to work our socks off in order to make it happen and we have a good coach coming in, a good backroom staff.

"We are a very good team. Let's see what happens."

Van Dijk was talking to Sky Sports at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, and also discussed the forthcoming European Championships in Germany where he will skipper Holland in their group alongside France, Poland and Austria.

"England have a very good team and squad but so many other teams have as well, France are very strong," he said. "It will be interesting.

"I am looking forward to that as well. It's next door, as we say in Holland, and hopefully we have a lot of Dutch fans and the Orange Army supporting us."