‘Good things will happen’ – Watch Virgil van Dijk makes massive Fabio Carvalho claims after Liverpool transfer
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk praises Fabio Carvalho as “amazing” and explains why Darwin Nunez, a newcomer to Liverpool, “doesn’t have it the easiest”
Virgil van Dijk revealed his role in getting Joe Gomez to agree to a new contract as he backed “great” Fabio Carvalho to succeed at Liverpool.
Carvalho, who joined from Fulham at the beginning of the month, has shown remarkable performance in his three cameos thus far this preseason.
With the Reds currently on a week-long training camp in Austria, Van Dijk has been assisting the teenager and fellow summer addition Darwin Nunez in adjusting as one of Liverpool’s leadership group members.
In addition, the Dutchman is confident Carvalho can have an immediate influence when the Premier League season starts in less than a fortnight, despite outlining the apparent difficulties for £64 million man Nunez.
“You try to do the same things you experienced yourself when you joined the club,” said Van Dijk on welcoming new signings.
“Everyone was very open and honest and warm to you and try to help you in however way.
“It’s not the easiest for Darwin, for example, because his English is still to be seen.
“But he wants to learn and get better and we are going to see a lot of good things from him.
“Fabio, I am very impressed with him. He is a fantastic player. I think he is going to do very well for us.
“Hopefully he will keep improving and keep learning and stay grounded and humble and good things will happen to him.”
Gomez signed a new five-year contract earlier this month, putting an end to rumors of a potential summer exit. Van Dijk acknowledged having talks with his teammate prior to the decision.
“We spoke about it before he signed the deal and I’m just very happy that he’s staying at the club, staying with me,” said the Dutchman. “Also I’m happy for the club that he’s signed.
“He is, in my opinion, (one of) if not the best English centre-back around. Obviously we’ve both been very unlucky with the injuries we had.
“Obviously his time will come again and hopefully this season he can show that.”
But when asked if he will not be scrutinised as much this season, Van Dijk told liverpoolfc.com:
“I will still be under the microscope and that’s fine. That’s something I’ve created myself.
“But it’s definitely a different feeling in this pre-season. Last year, coming back from the injury, so you’re trying to ease your way back in.
“This year, you try to get as fit as possible as quickly as possible.
“The pre-season is quite short; we have a big game obviously next week coming up (against Manchester City in the Community Shield on Saturday).
“But I know myself, I know my body and I know what I have to do in order to be ready for the season – that’s what I’m trying to do each and every day.”