‘It’s an honour’: Virgil van Dijk flattered over Ballon d’Or tip as Liverpool train at Fenway Park ahead of Sevilla clash
- Virgil van Dijk has been hotly-tipped for this year’s Ballon d’Or
- Liverpool defender joined team-mates in training at Fenway Park on Saturday
- Jurgen Klopp’s side face Sevilla in latest pre-season match on Sunday night
Virgil van Dijk admits he would be honoured to be crowned with the Ballon d’Or this year after his starring role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph.
The Dutch centre-back is hotly tipped to be the first defender since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 to win the award.
But he is focussing on staying fit and improving his performances next season.
Liverpool’s players were at an open training session at Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday
Jurgen Klopp surveys the scene as Liverpool warm up at the FSG-owned Fenway Park
‘It’s an honour if people are talking about it, but what can I do? I have no influence on anything’, he told Liverpool’s website.
‘The people that have an influence on it, they have to decide who’s going to win it.
‘I can’t deny that I’ve had a pretty good season last year, so the only thing I can do now is just focus on the new season, getting fit, stay fit and hopefully get an even better season than I had last year.’
Van Dijk was among the Liverpool stars who took part in an open training session at Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park on Saturday.
Dejan Lovren and Fabinho put in final preparations ahead of facing Sevilla on Sunday
Liverpool boss Klopp chats to captain Jordan Henderson during the session on Saturday
Liverpool’s Champions League hero Divock Origi challenges for the ball with Lovren
Virgil van Dijk looks on as Ben Woodburn takes on some fluids during the training esssion
Jurgen Klopp and his players were making the most of their connection with the baseball side through owners Fenway Sports Group.
The Reds return to action on Sunday when they face Sevilla.
They were beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in their last runout on Friday night despite goals from Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster.
Van Dijk made his first appearance of pre-season with a half-hour substitute appearance.
Liverpool’s players posed for pictures with fans after the conclusion of the training session
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs merchandise for young fans at the open training session
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