Virgil van Dijk revealed that becoming a coach once he’s hung up his boots is not part of the plan as the “world can be very cruel”.
At 28, Van Dijk is enjoying his peak years and is among the favourites to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or. It comes in light of a standout campaign, which saw him help Liverpool win the Champions League.
The Dutch centre-back also collected the most clean sheets in all of Europe’s top-five leagues. Therefore, many pundits have got their money on him winning all the major individual honours – starting with the UEFA Player of the Year.
Aside from his prowess as a player, however, Van Dijk additionally seems to have the required attributes to make a fine coach.
But it turns out a future switch to management is definitely not on the agenda for the Liverpool ace.
“At the beginning of my career I thought I might be a manager but at this point, I don’t think I will become a manager,” Van Dijk told Optus Sport.
“The world can be very cruel…there are a lot of people that have opinions and that can affect you – if you have the choice you’d rather not be in those kinds of situations.
“But I think I will definitely be involved in football. I won’t be a pundit because you have to be saying certain things that you might not even want to, but you have to.
“We’ll see, I think I have a good eye for spotting talent so maybe I’ll do something like that.”
Since completing his club-record €84.65m from Southampton in 2018, Van Dijk has made a huge impact at Liverpool.
These solid displays in the Reds backline have made him a firm fan favourite at Anfield. He’s now a critical member of Jurgen Klopp’s line-up, and will likely play a big role in the club’s pursuit of silverware this season.
“Everyone that plays for Liverpool always stays in the Liverpool family,” said Van Dijk.
“I’m very happy to have already been welcomed into the LFC family, I’m a part of history having won the Champions League and hopefully we keep making history.
“Other than that I just want to be remembered as a fantastic player that gave everything for the team and enjoy every bit of it.”