“I’m fine, luckily. I’ve got over it,” said Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk following the Netherlands’ 6-1 World Cup qualifier victory in Amsterdam on Tuesday night. “Maybe because I’m so big, they think I’m acting. Challenges like that are never fun, but they are part of the game. I play without fear.”
Virgil van Dijk has allayed injury concerns after coming off the pitch in the Netherlands’ 6-1 win over Turkey.
The Liverpool defender was the victim of a tough tackle ahead of Turkey’s consolation goal in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
Van Dijk, who missed most of last season with a serious knee injury, held on to his right leg and left the pitch after receiving treatment.
Given his knee injury, there are concerns for the towering defender – but the Liverpool man has given himself clean health.
“I’m fine, luckily. I’ve gotten over it,” he said. “Maybe because I’m so big, they think I’m acting.”
Expanding on why he left the pitch despite the Netherlands having used all of their substitutions, Van Dijk added: “I don’t want to take any risks.
“Challenges like that are never fun, but they are part of the game.
“I play without fear.”
Van Dijk will now return to Liverpool and prepare for the Reds’ clash with Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday.