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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has admitted he is struggling to get used to the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as he gave an insight into the video training sessions that have become a regular activity for Jurgen Klopp and his players.

With no prospect of football returning as Britain continues to be gripped by lockdown restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19, Van Dijk has said that the lack of clarity on what happens next is at the forefront of his mind.

"The unknown is the difficult part because obviously everyone wants to look ahead to something," he stated. "You have no idea what might happen. It's a totally different mindset.

"You're not in the mood to really play football. Obviously you miss it and want it but there is no other way, you just have to stay put and wait for the right moment to go out there again.

"You want to think of how long it will take, but I think in this case you have to just be very patient, do the right thing and stay home.

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"Stay together with your family and enjoy the moments with your family, enjoy the moments of being together and make the most of it. We will all get past this if we all do the right thing.

"I don't want to say take the positives out of this because there are too many negatives of it still; there are so many people dying and it's horrible, but there are things that you have to take from it.

"We're not at home a lot and if we're home it's normally the time when the kids are in bed and stuff. So to be home right now 24/7 with the kids, all together, is precious time. We definitely enjoy it. I enjoy it a lot, the kids are enjoying it, everyone is enjoying it. It all benefits in that case. Just enjoy it, don't take anything for granted."

Liverpool's first-team squad have been using Zoom to stage online training sessions and Van Dijk confirms the active WhatsApp group has kept him in touch with his club and international team-mates,

"The group chat is actually pretty lively, everyone is participating properly in it," he added. "It says a lot about our team, everyone is part of it, no one is afraid to say something or try to be funny. Everyone is doing their bit basically and it's good to see everyone is participating.

"The video training sessions have been good. I definitely need more yoga anyway, so it will benefit me! It was good to see each other again.

"We had a short meeting with the gaffer as well, listening to him and what he had to say. Those kinds of things help as well because everyone is in uncertainty at the moment, no one knows what exactly is going to happen. But those sessions definitely help, so they will definitely continue."

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will continue his club's rivalry with Manchester City with an Xbox challenge this evening.

The 21-year-old will tackle City's professional Esports player Ryan Pessoa in a best-of-three contest.

The matches will be streamed live on Twitch with the first virtual game set to start at 7pm.

Fans have submitted questions for Pessoa to ask the England international during their online battle as most of the globe remains in lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak.