Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, says he is prepared to stop Real Madrid’s talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Kiev tonight.
Real Madrid are gunning for their third straight UEFA Champions League title – 13th in their history, while Liverpool are eager to land their sixth title in Kiev.
The Dutch international revealed that he will not be laid-back in his style of play in Tonight’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
“People are trying to put pressure on me (about stopping Ronaldo) ?” van Dijk said, laughing during his pre-match interview.
“Any player who arrived at this club, they want to play in these games, they want to be under this kind of pressure, they want to get trophies. That is basically the situation.
“I don’t think I have been bought to win the Champions League final. I have been bought to hopefully get the best out of myself and the best out of the team with the help of everyone else.
“To be in the final right now – it has been a crazy journey. We are there, 90 minutes from the trophy and now we need to give everything we have.
“To be calm, that is sometimes a very good thing to have, but personally sometimes I have to learn, too.
“Against Manchester City in the away game I was a little bit too calm in the beginning, for example. That is something I have to learn as well.
“The most important thing is we as players have to enjoy every bit of this. When the whistle goes that is a different story, but when we arrive in Kiev, when we see all the Liverpool fans, when we go on the pitch for the warm-up, we have to enjoy it and make yourself ready.