Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk admits winning an “almost impossible” quadruple would be a dream come true.
However, the influential centre-back is more focused on not taking what has been an incredible season for granted after missing so much football with a knee injury last season.
“All this talk of quads or trebles comes from the outside world and could put extra pressure on us,” he said after Liverpool reached their maiden FA Cup final under Jurgen Klopp by beating Manchester City.
“No one has done the quadruple, there’s a reason for that – because it’s almost impossible to do.
“It’s something anyone would dream of winning every competition you enter but we’ll see what it brings.
“City are still on pole position in the league, we meet Villarreal in the Champions League (semifinals), it will be very difficult.
“Anything can happen, even with other teams. We take it day by day and game by game.
“For us it is also not a matter of course that everyone is fit.”
Van Dijk’s fitness and form have come under scrutiny since his return from a 10-month hiatus following surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in August.
But he has allayed any fears about any aftermath and will play a key role in whether they can improve on the Carabao Cup they won in February.
“I wasn’t a great player before, I was quite a late bloomer – that’s why I’m enjoying my career all the more,” he added.
“Coming back from injury, having seen everything from the sidelines last year, being in all the competitions, is not something I take for granted.
“I’ve played almost 50+ games this season, so that’s not something to be taken for granted.
“I just want to keep going, stay fit, win games and see what it brings and also prepare for the World Cup.”
The victory over City was Liverpool’s first win against them in six meetings, having previously drawn 2-2 this season.
But with just one point separating the pair in the Premier League, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn’t think it will have much of a psychological effect on the break-in.
“I don’t think we need performances as a team to give us confidence,” he said.
“We look around the dressing room, we look at the coach and the players we have: that just speaks for itself.
“I can only speak for our mentality. In every game we have, we want to win and we kind of expect to win.
“I don’t know what the mentality is like in the City dressing room. They have shown in recent years that they have a strong character and that setbacks don’t bother them too much.
“All we can do is hope that a team takes points from them and we can go for that.
“Hopefully that doesn’t happen just once in a lifetime but it’s obviously our first time in this position and to still have a chance of winning every trophy in mid-April is superb.
“It shows the quality we have in the squad to win games. It’s about making sure we go ahead and keep it going for a month or so.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/virgil-van-dijk-savours-liverpools-shot-at-quadruple-after-injury-struggles-41562209.html Virgil Van Dijk enjoys Liverpool’s shot at the quadruple after injury struggles