Virgil van Dijk insists that Liverpool are ready for the UEFA Super Cup showdown with Chelsea on Wednesday night.
On the eve of the tie between the Champions League holders and Europa League winners in Istanbul, the defender revealed the Reds are keen to claim the silverware at Besiktas Park tonight.
He also gave his thought on the appointment of the first female official Stephanie Frappart taking charge of a major UEFA men’s competition fixture.
"I think it could work in both favours, they know us and we know them. But the most important thing is it’s just one game, one final, anything can happen," Van Dijk said in a pre-match press conference when asked about playing against a team (Chelsea) Liverpool know so well as Liverpoolfc.com reported
"We know we’re at the start of the season, everyone is coming back from having their break, but everyone should be ready. We are ready. We’re looking forward to it, we want to win that trophy and we’re going to do everything that’s possible to hopefully hold the trophy."
On the appointment of Frappart as referee, the Dutchman replied: "I think gender is irrelevant if the quality is there and it is there, because otherwise she wouldn’t be appointed for this game. It doesn’t really matter. If you look at her CV, she did so many good games and they made the right decision. Gender doesn’t matter at all."