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Virgil van Dijk warns rivals: “I can still improve!”

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Virgil van Dijk has warned Liverpool’s rivals that “there is still more to come” from him following a standout campaign.

Upon completing a record €84m switch from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, Van Dijk has established himself as one of the world’s finest centre-backs.

The Netherlands captain has earned plenty of plaudits for his aerial prowess, tactical awareness and leadership skills at Anfield.

Pundits credited Van Dijk as one of the big factors for Liverpool finishing the 2018/19 Premier League season with the best defensive record.

He’s also starred in Europe as Liverpool reached a second successive Champions League final.

At 27, however, Van Dijk warned Liverpool’s rivals that there is still more to come from him.

“I think I have improved on every aspect of my game. I’ve had a lot of experience over the last year,” he told talkSPORT.

“I think as a central defender you grow as a player.

“There’s still more to come. There are always things to improve, you can’t be satisfied with what you have.

“You have to keep working. I will definitely look at it when I’m having my holiday.”

In the past 12 months, Van Dijk has gone head-to-head with five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

For tonight’s Champions League final, though, the centre-back may have to put the brakes on Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Doubts continue to persist on whether the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner will make the line-up to face Liverpool after being sidelined since April 9 due to an ankle injury.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino refused to confirm whether he will call upon Kane to lead the frontline in Madrid.

“We will prepare on the system they will play – because that’s the most important thing they will adapt on,” said Van Dijk.

“The only thing I will do, when I know the team, is to consider their strengths.

“They have plenty of players who can make a difference. If it’s Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, or Fernando Llorente in a different kind of way, we need to be ready anyway.”

The Champions League final between Spurs and Liverpool will begin at 21:00 (CET).

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 31: Virgil van Dijk (C) looks on during the Liverpool FC training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)