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Coronavirus stoppage forced Van Dijk to reflect on future retirement

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Van Dijk insists the absence of football has forced players to reflect on future retirement, which he believes will be a difficult phase for a lot of them.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has had to reflect on life after football due to the stoppage of football and it isn’t something he is looking forward to

Since March, the footballing world has come to a global standstill with some domestic leagues even voided already.

If all things were under normal circumstances, this weekend would have seen Van Dijk and his team-mates lift the Premier League crown. It should have been the weekend they get mathematically out of reach (in the event they won all their games leading to this weekend).

Rather than that, the Dutchman has had to deal with life at home, while trying to come to terms that they would play no football for a while.

In a time where games should be coming thick and through, players are locked up in the confines of their homes and Van Dijk has revealed the whole scenario has made him reflect on his retirement from football.

“It’s difficult to not be out there, to show our talents, to work hard, just the small things in the game,” Van Dijk told BT Sport as quoted by Goal.

“Also playing for so many fans, winning, the whole build-up to games, training sessions, just seeing the boys. We spend so much time together and all of a sudden now you’re not together for like two months, almost.

“It’s different, it’s crazy, and it’s something that you really haven’t felt before, and it makes you appreciate things a little bit more.

Van Dijk added that the uncertainty that comes with hanging one’s boots is a reality he isn’t ready to face just yet.

“It’s going to be strange, and obviously I don’t want to think about retirement or anything like that, but it’s going to be strange. It makes you think how difficult it’s going to be for players to make the decision to retire, because what are you going to do after?

“There’s going to be a period of uncertainty where you have no idea what to do, and that feeling is what we have sometimes at the moment as well, because we have no idea what might happen.”