"This is just the start" - Liverpool star says the groundwork for success has been laid: Virgil van Dijk believes Liverpool are on the verge of a special era

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Liverpool’s colossal defender Virgil van Dijk says that he believes the foundations have been laid for a successful era at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.

As reported on Liverpoolfc.com, Van Dijk has great faith in the ability of this Klopp team to grow together over the next few years and challenge for major honours, both domestically and in Europe.

“We have a great age group, between 20 and 27, 28, so hopefully we can do it all together for the next couple of years at least and grow as a team and get a lot of successes.

“It’s just the start and hopefully we can do this every year.”

The Reds have now reached their second consecutive Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp with and third European final in a row. The former Borussia Dortmund boss has still never lost a two-legged European tie while in charge of Liverpool.

On Sunday, Liverpool must win their final Premier League game at home to Wolves and hope that Chris Hughton’s Brighton team can do them a favour against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.

If Liverpool win and City don’t, then The Reds will be league champions for the first time since 1990. If Pep Guardiola’s City team secures the win, then the title will go to Manchester once again.

Van Dijk isn’t giving up on this season just yet, though. The Dutch international also hopes that Liverpool will be regular title-challengers over the next few seasons.

“Hopefully we are going to keep challenging for the title. Man City are one of the best teams in the world and they’ve shown the whole season how difficult they can make it for any team in the world. But we’re still in this season and still, anything is possible.

“They have it [the Premier League title] in their hands. We’ll see. If it doesn’t happen then it’s not the end of the world. We’ve had a fantastic season, both of us.

“To compete with City says a lot about how we’re progressing from last year. It’s just the start. It’s not like next year we’re not going to try to do it again. It’s something we have to build on.

“There’s still a game to play for them and us on Sunday and we’ll see. The only thing we can do is try to win both: the Wolves game and the final. We have been outstanding this season and if something happens everyone can be very proud and happy.”

If this week’s Champions League action has taught us anything as football fans, it’s that anything is possible. Yes, City are huge favourites to do the job at Brighton but Barcelona were a shoo-in for the Champions League final, too, apparently…

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