The Dutch central defender has been one of the most important figures in Liverpool’s success since he joined the club in 2018.


In October 2020 however, Van Dijk suffered an ACL injury against Everton and was out of action for more than nine months.




Koeman stressed that even though Van Dijk has gone through a bad period following his injury, he has improved, but noted he wants to see more on the leadership side.


He feels that the 32-year-old Dutch has shown glimpses of his old form in recent international games; he came under the scanner for not being the player he was before the injury in the eyes of some.



“He has gone through a bad period”, Koeman said on Ziggo Sport.


“In recent international matches, I thought he was the old Virgil again.



“However, I still think he can do better.


“One point of criticism I think is that he could be even more of a leader.


“But the contact between us is very good.


“And within the group he really has the upper hand.”


The Reds star will be looking to lead his country in qualifying for Euro 2024 when they face Ireland and Gibraltar in this month’s international break.