Virgil van Dijk gives brutally honest Liverpool future update after Euro 2024 exit - 'what I want'

Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands looks dejected after the team's defeat in the UEFA EURO 2024 semi-final match between Netherlands and England at Football Stadium Dortmund on July 10, 2024 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands looks dejected after the team's defeat in the UEFA EURO 2024 semi-final match between Netherlands and England at Football Stadium Dortmund on July 10, 2024 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands looks dejected after the team's defeat in the UEFA EURO 2024 semi-final match between Netherlands and England at Football Stadium Dortmund on July 10, 2024 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Virgil van Dijk is into the final year of his Liverpool contract.

Virgil van Dijk has confessed he has ‘no idea’ about his future with both club and country.

The defender’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a heartbreaking exit as Holland suffered a 2-1 defeat against England in the semi-finals. Ollie Watkins netted a stoppage-time winner to send the Three Lions into successive Euros finals. They’ll plan Spain in Berlin on Sunday.

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Holland took the lead through Xavi Simons’ fizzling seventh-minute strike. Yet England controversially equalised on 18 minutes through Harry Kane’s penalty. It was awarded following a VAR review as it was deemed that Denzel Dumfries caught Three Lions captain Kane when he was shooting. Many believe that Dumfries was attempting to block the shot.

Then as it appeared the tie was heading to extra-time, Watkins came up with a huge moment to leave the Netherlands crestfallen.

Van Dijk recently turned 33 and has just a year left on his Liverpool contract. The Reds captain is still to put pen to paper on new terms at Anfield and new sporting director Richard Hughes admitted talks with van Dijk - along with Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold - will remain private.

But as things stand, van Dijk is unsure whether he will be a Liverpool player beyond 2025 - and if he will retire from international football.

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“After such a season, where all sorts of things happened and also such a tournament where all sorts of things happened, where I myself also got all sorts of things thrown at me, then this just hurts,” van Dijk said per VI.

“I do everything to win and then it gets emotional at the end, because you know it's over. Especially in the second half ,I had the feeling that he would fall on the other side. But Watkins then perhaps gets a bit too much space and he finishes it well.

“I have no idea at the moment (about his future). I will think carefully this summer about what I want at club level and as an international. Then we will go for it again, but first recover from this.”

On referee Felix Zwayer’s performance, van Dijk added: “This is not the time to talk about it. I think this was not his best match, but referees can also make mistakes. We all talk about respect and communicating with each other, but it would be good if those who make the mistakes also take responsibility for it and come here to explain what went well and what did not.”

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