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Virgil Van Dijk leads Liverpool players in meeting with Arsene Wenger on World Cup plans

Virgil Van Dijk leads the Liverpool players in a meeting with Arsene Wenger to warn the former Arsenal boss of the dangers of his controversial plan for a World Cup every two years.

  • Arsene Wenger has proposed that the World Cup be held every two years
  • Liverpool players met with the former Arsenal boss to warn him of the plans
  • Virgil van Dijk led the Reds, insisting he would put the best players at risk of injury
  • All 20 Premier League teams rejected the controversial plan earlier this week.


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Liverpool defender Virigil van Dijk has met with Arsene Weger to warn the former Arsenal manager that holding a World Cup every two years would be a mistake.

Wenger, who is now the head of world football development at FIFA, is leading a consultation on a new international men’s calendar starting in 2024.

The Frenchman has been at the forefront of the governing body’s controversial proposals for a major tournament every June and bridging the gap between World Cups from four years to two.

Virgil van Dijk (second left) led the Liverpool players in a meeting with Arsene Wenger to discuss their biennial World Cup proposals.

Virgil van Dijk (second left) led the Liverpool players in a meeting with Arsene Wenger to discuss their biennial World Cup proposals.

Arsene Wenger leads plans to revamp the soccer calendar, with a biennial World Cup

Arsene Wenger leads plans to revamp the soccer calendar, with a biennial World Cup

Arsene Wenger leads plans to revamp the soccer calendar, with a biennial World Cup

UEFA has repeatedly voiced opposition to the proposals, while others have criticized the initiative and Van Dijk is the latest to speak out against Wenger’s plans.

The Dutchman revealed that he led a delegation of Liverpool players to tell Wenger that his proposals will put the world’s elite players at risk after the former coach requested a meeting to assess the reaction of Jurgen Klopp’s team, according to Mirror.

“We shouldn’t complain, but the matches are piling up,” Van Dijk said.

“Playing games is the best for any footballer. But the right decisions must be made and people must take into account the health and safety of the players.

That is what we are talking about. In England, we discussed this with the PFA, but a couple of weeks ago I was specifically asked to speak to Wenger and the players on our team about the idea of ​​having a World Cup every two years.

The defender insisted 'it's time for FIFA to start listening' to the players

The defender insisted 'it's time for FIFA to start listening' to the players

Arsene Wenger says 99 percent of the 'soccer people' he spoke to want game changes

Arsene Wenger says 99 percent of the 'soccer people' he spoke to want game changes

The Dutchman warned Wenger (right) that his proposals put top-level players at risk

‘I appreciate that these discussions take place with us. But if we, as veteran players of Liverpool and other great clubs in England, give our opinion, I think it is time for them to start listening.

To Klopp’s relief, Van Dijk has returned to action this season after a cruciate ligament injury left him sidelined for most of the last period due to Liverpool’s defensive crisis.

But with the central defender restored to his baseline, the Reds have rebounded and are challenging the title with progression to the Champions League knockout stage assured.

Liverpool have secured a place in the Champions League round of 16 after beating Atlético de Madrid

Liverpool have secured a place in the Champions League round of 16 after beating Atlético de Madrid

Liverpool have secured a place in the Champions League round of 16 after beating Atlético de Madrid

“I think I can be very satisfied with how I have come back from such a difficult knee injury,” he said.

But my injury was the result of a kick. It wasn’t one of those moments when no one was around and your knee fell off. When I think about it, that made it easier to go full steam ahead.

‘Of course, there is an annoying thought in the back of my mind from time to time, but it’s certainly not something that bothers me every day.

“I’m never afraid of getting completely stuck when it comes to a 50-50 ball.”

The Netherlands are also on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup and the Oranje captain played against the Gibraltar Minnows last month and in their 2-2 draw against Montenegro on Saturday.

Van Dijk played for the Netherlands in a 2-2 draw against Montenego on Saturday

Van Dijk played for the Netherlands in a 2-2 draw against Montenego on Saturday

Van Dijk played for the Netherlands in a 2-2 draw against Montenego on Saturday

“I had good experiences in soccer before, but after such a long injury and absence, I have definitely enjoyed playing again.

“I want to play my games and I don’t see the point in changing my routine.

‘If you look at my stats and the way I defend, then you know that I try to avoid situations where I could be getting yellow cards.

“It doesn’t always work out, but I go back into every game thinking,” I don’t need to be cautioned. “Not yellow, just three points.

“The Dutch team is really special to me. I am captain, we are almost qualified and I am looking forward to preparing for the World Cup.

Of course, there are times when I can still do better myself or the team can do better.

But I still feel privileged to be chosen each time among the 24 best players in my country. I have to make sure I enjoy that. ‘

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