Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool squad are focused on winning silverware

Defender excited by prospect of playing in front of the world's most expensive goalkeeper Alisson

 Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates after the full time whistle as Liverpool qualify for the Champions League Final during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between A.S. Roma and Liverpool at Stadio Olimpico on May 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy. 1:29
Virgil van Dijk says the Liverpool squad are capable of competing for both domestic and European honours ahead of the new season

Virgil Van Dijk insists the Liverpool squad are determined to write their own history and win silverware for the first time since 2012.

Liverpool missed out on their first title since their League Cup success six years ago with defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May.

With the players we have and we had already last season we can compete in every competition
Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk says the Reds want to compete for both domestic and European honours after Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho heaped pressure on Liverpool, saying the summer spending at Anfield means there is an expectation for the club to win the Premier League.

Virgil Van Dijk during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Image: Van Dijk suffered defeat in the Champions League final to Real Madrid

"With the players we have and we had already last season we can compete in every competition," Van Dijk told Sky Sports News.

"Hopefully we are going to do something special this year. I don't like to look too far ahead - we just need to do the talking on the pitch and make sure we perform well.

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"Everyone in the squad wants to win something. We know it is going to be a very hard season."

Jurgen Klopp has signed Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker as the club invested over £170m in strengthening the squad during the summer transfer window.

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When asked about what influence they will have, Van Dijk, who is expected to feature in Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Manchester United on Sunday in the United States, said: "Hopefully a lot - we will see.

"They are quality players and that suits a club like Liverpool. Hopefully, we will write our own history."

The signing of Alisson from Roma in a £67m deal - a world-record fee for a goalkeeper - is likely to see the Netherlands international play in front of a new No 1 at Anfield and Van Dijk is excited by what the Brazilian can bring to the club.

Alisson was Brazil's No 1 at the World Cup
Image: Alisson is expected to become Liverpool's new No 1 goalkeeper

"He is a quality keeper - that is for sure," Van Dijk said. "We will see how he is going to fit in but he looks like a very good goalkeeper.

"He conceded a couple of goals against us [in the Champions League] but it can happen against us!"

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