Virgil van Dijk says 'life is far too short to be a racist' as Liverpool star calls for more education in schools

VIRGIL VAN DIJK believes that love can conquer all in the fight against racism.

The Liverpool centre half said: “There shouldn’t be any hate in this world.

“We are all the same. We all want a nice life and you can make life nice – but you must start with yourself.

“I think it is unbelievable to still see racism in this world. It shouldn’t be here at all and life can be very simple. And the essence of life is love and life is too short to be a racist.

“So be nice to each other, mind your own business, enjoy your life and do the small things and do to others what you would want done to you.”

The £75million defender stressed on Eddie Hearn’s BBC podcast 'No Passion No Point': “Things have to change.

“You are not born with racism – it’s parents, family, the way people talk about these things.

“The only way it will change is through education – teach kids about it at a young age.”

Van Dijk, 29 year old also warned of the dangers of social media in the battle against bigots.

He added: “I see kids and older people trying to damage people and I can’t get my head around that.

“Social media can make people but it can definitely break people.”

The Holland star suffered through the shock 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa before heading out on international duty.

He warns of “challenging times” for he and his team mates to defend the top flight title the club waited 30 years for.

He adds: “Trying to stay at the top is the hardest thing to do.

“Everyone wants you to fail when you reach the top so you have to give everything and stay dedicated – and that’s what I do.”

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