Virgil van Dijk shares update on Liverpool future and makes admission over Arne Slot arrival

Virgil van Dijk arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage in London on April 21, 2024 -Credit:Photo by Benjamin CREMEL / AFP) (Photo by BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP via Getty Images
Virgil van Dijk arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage in London on April 21, 2024 -Credit:Photo by Benjamin CREMEL / AFP) (Photo by BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP via Getty Images

Virgil van Dijk says he is yet to receive a contract offer from Liverpool as the captain talked up the "massive change" arriving with the imminent appointment of Arne Slot.

Jurgen Klopp said goodbye to Anfield with an emotional end-of-season address on Sunday after goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Jarell Quansah had given the Reds a 2-0 win over Wolves.

After the game, Klopp was given a guard of honour by his players and staff before being presented with a specially-commissioned plaque by owners Fenway Sports Group, who were present on the day to say their own farewells to a manager who won eight trophies including the Premier League and Champions League.

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A post-season party was later held at the city's Titanic Hotel and with Slot set to replace Klopp and Michael Edwards and Julian Ward returning to executive roles within FSG alongside new sporting director Richard Hughes, a major transition is now anticipated at Liverpool.

Reds skipper Van Dijk is edging close to the final 12 months of his own deal and while he admitted there are no terms on offer as things stand, he reiterated his relaxed stance over the situation.

“My future is not important at the moment," Van Dijk said. "The only thing I can say now is if I have a farewell I don't think I would keep it dry (not cry) because that was something I was very surprised with with him (Klopp).

"These fans are something else and eventually when they say goodbye to you then it will be special. Even with Joel Matip, I said: 'How did you manage to keep it dry pal?'

"He just wanted to walk through [the guard of honour] quickly and stand with us so I think he did that pretty well. At the moment there is nothing for me to say. Nothing has changed and nothing is on the table either. No changes in my situation at all."

Van Dijk added: “Massive change. Not only the manager but there are multiple departments within the club that have a lot of staff members leaving and we are at the stage we have to trust the club in this project and this route they are taking and we will see in pre-season how things will look.

"Change is sometimes a little bit scary as you are in the unknown but the only thing you can do is trust the club and we will find out how it looks when we come back and report for pre-season.

"One thing I do know is we need a good break after our tournament because otherwise we will be in trouble as well going into the season. Hopefully the new manager will look into that as well.

"I don't want to compare our situation to other teams but I can only see what is in there and how we have been performing the whole season.

"There is so much room for improvement, so much room to develop, personally as players but definitely as a group in certain situations and it will be interesting, I am looking forward to it and looking forward to next season already.

"Hopefully we can be up there again and be consistent. That's the main thing. We have to be together as a group and stay consistent. Even in not as good times you still have to stick together and that is something we need, especially going into next season. I'm not worried that's not the case so that's a good thing but it's definitely something you have to keep working on."

Asked if he had spoken to any contacts back in his homeland about Slot and his work in the Eredivisie, Van Dijk said: “I saw a picture [of me playing against Slot], he came on and we won the game and I kept a clean sheet against him. Yeah, I have [spoken to people about him]. I am very curious and have a lot of questions all the time.

"We will see, the Premier League and Liverpool is obviously a different ball game but we are here for him, I'll be here for him whatever he needs. It is all about sticking together and give him the chance of showing what he is capable of with the other guys who will come in.

"He probably knows already but everyone knows our expectations are always huge and it is about managing that in the right way and getting the maximum out of all of our players. It starts with having a good break and then we are ready to go again.

"Firstly the Euros for me and Copa America for others, some have a little rest, and then we are starting from scratch again. I would like to congratulate City of course, my two good friends Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake, and next year hopefully we will be there challenging again and get the job done as well.”