Virgil Van Dijk savours Liverpool’s shot at quadruple after injury struggles

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk admits it would be a dream to win an “almost impossible” quadruple.

However, the influential centre-back is more focused on not taking what has been an incredible campaign so far for granted, having missed so much football with a knee injury last season.

“All this talk about quadruple or treble is coming from the outside world and could put extra pressure on us,” he said after Liverpool reached their first FA Cup final under Jurgen Klopp with victory over Manchester United. City.

“Nobody did the quadruple, there’s a reason for that, because it’s almost impossible to do.

“It’s something that everyone would dream of, winning every competition you enter, but we’ll see what it brings.

“City is still in pole position in the league, we are facing Villarreal in the Champions League (semi-finals), which is going to be very difficult.

“Anything can happen, with other teams too. We just take it day by day and game by game.

“It’s also not something that we take for granted that everyone is fit.”

Van Dijk’s fitness and form have come under scrutiny since he returned in August after 10 months out following surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Virgil Van Dijk in action against Manchester City

Virgil Van Dijk says he takes nothing for granted after returning from injury (Adam Davy/PA)

But it has allayed any fears about lingering side effects and will have a key role to play in determining whether they can add to the Carabao Cup they won in February.

“I wasn’t a great player in those days, I was quite late, that’s why I enjoy my career even more,” he added.

“For me, coming back from injury after seeing everything from the bench last year, being in all competitions is still something I won’t take for granted.

“I’ve played almost 50-plus games this season, so that’s something I won’t take for granted.

“I just want to keep going, stay fit, win games and see what it brings and prepare for the World Cup as well.”

The win over City was Liverpool’s first victory over them in six games, having played out a pair of 2-2 draws already this season.

But with just a point separating the pair in the Premier League, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn’t think it will have much of a psychological effect on the encounter.

“I don’t think as a team we need performances that give us confidence,” he said.

“We look around the dressing room, we look at the coach and the players we have: it speaks for itself.

“I can only speak for our mentality. Every game we have, we go into wanting to win and expecting to win.

“I don’t know what the mentality is like in the City dressing room. In recent years they have shown that they have a strong character and that setbacks do not bother them too much.

“All we can hope for is a team taking points away from him and we’re in a position to take advantage of that.

“Hopefully it’s not once in a lifetime, but this is obviously the first time we’ve been in this position and to have the opportunity to win all the trophies in mid-April is exceptional.

“That shows the quality we have in the squad to win games. It’s about making sure we continue and keep it going for another month or so.”