Virgil van Dijk: I played too many games and my body broke down
Virgil van Dijk believes that the volume of football he has played since recovering from a serious knee injury caught up with him and affected his form and fitness.
The Liverpool defender opened up on the battle to remain at the peak of his powers and admitted his own desire to play every game ultimately counted against him.
Only 15 players in Europe’s top-five leagues have played more minutes than Van Dijk since August 2021, when he returned from the anterior cruciate ligament injury that had kept him on the sidelines for ten months and forced him to miss Euro 2020.
The 31-year-old played in 51 of Liverpool’s 63 matches last season and played every minute of every game, barring the Carabao Cup tie with