Virgil van Dijk exclusive: “I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared – I could have died”

Virgil van Dijk/Jon Enoch

An edited version of this feature originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe!

For the first time in his life, Virgil van Dijk was scared. Really scared. The 6ft 4in tower of pure muscle lay in a hospital bed, in extreme, near-constant pain, with tubes dangling out of his body.

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Andrew Murray is a freelance journalist, who regularly contributes to both the FourFourTwo magazine and website. Formerly a senior staff writer at FFT and a fluent Spanish speaker, he has interviewed major names such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Xavi. He was also named PPA New Consumer Journalist of the Year 2015.