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Michael van Gerwen has revealed he regularly talks to fellow darts star and close friend Vincent van der Voort for advice on his game.
Van Gerwen has already reached three tournament finals in 2024 and has started to build a rivalry with teenage sensation Luke Littler.
Littler has played the Dutch star three times already this year, defeating him in their first meeting in the final of the Bahrain Masters.
Van Gerwen got his revenge on the teenager in the final of the Dutch Darts Masters in Den Bosch a week later.
Michael van Gerwen says he is getting advice amid his rivalry with Luke Littler
Van Gerwen also reached the final of the Kazoo Masters in Milton Keynes last weekend, where he lost to Stephen Bunting.
The three-time world champions meet the Littles again in Thursday’s Premier League final on night two.
He got the better of the 17-year-old for the second consecutive match and won the deciding leg, winning 6–5 in Berlin.
Despite going deep in most competitions he has played recently, Van Gerwen has not felt at the top of his game.
He says he has spoken extensively with fellow Dutchman Van der Voort to discuss where he can improve and how he can thwart his opponents.
Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: “Me and Vincent are talking a lot, Vincent van der Voort my friend, we’re talking a lot.
“Sometimes my energy level is not so good in some games.
“Then you need to find solutions – where can I do better? Where can I leave my opponents too many chances?
“I know I have the ability, but you still have to produce it from time to time.
“It’s the pressure, it’s the travel, it’s the whole lifestyle. Everything has to be perfect together.
“We’re working on that, and it’s working really well at the moment.”
Van Gerwen was further pressed on his conversation with Van der Voort when speaking at his press conference.
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“There are a lot of things, we talk all the time and try to make each other better.
“Right now it really helps me and that’s the only thing I can say.”
Van Gerwen fostered a rivalry with Littler by claiming after his victory that playing with him was not ‘special’.
The 34-year-old has won the Premier League a record-breaking seven times and last year claimed he was ‘bored’ during the four-month extravaganza.
Michael van Gerwen won the second night of the Premier League in Berlin
But his focus is now on performing every week as he attempts to qualify for the play-offs at London’s O2 Arena in May.
Van Gerwen said: “Don’t get me wrong, last year was also the first time we were playing this format. It was different.
“Now you get more used to it and I need to put myself in a different mindset to make sure I don’t take the nights too easy or be like ‘oh well, not tonight’. You know What do I mean?
“So you need to make sure you stay on top of yourself and that’s what I’m doing at the moment.”