Virgil Van Dijk reveals why he chose Liverpool over Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea. The centre back has since enjoyed a successful stint at Anfield.
Virgil Van Dijk has been one of, if not Liverpool’s best player in the last two seasons football since joining Merseyside in January 2018 for a club record fee of £75million.The Dutchman is one of the very important reason behind the Reds current dominance in world football.
The former Southampton player was sought after by several Premier League sides including Arsenal, Chelsea and even Pep Guardiola led Manchester City. However, in the end, he decided to ply his trade alongside Jurgen Klopp. In fact, Van Dijk has now revealed that he intended to arrive at Anfield lonf before the move was even finalised.
Virgil Van Dijk reveals why he chose Liverpool over Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea
“Before I made the decision to choose Liverpool, I looked at all the aspects of the clubs; the way of playing, the team-mates, the future as well,” Van Dijk told BT Sport.
“The city, the fans everything has got to be big part of joining a club.
“I think Liverpool at that time when I made the decision was the right decision and obviously to reach the Champions League final in my first six months was obviously a big bonus and helped me a lot in my development, especially experience-wise.”
Speaking of his own development, Van Dijk said:
“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing for a longer time. Everybody will always have their opinion; will keep an eye on the small things that happen in the game; the small mistakes you might make in a game.
“I just focus on maintaining the same level I’ve been having the last couple of years.
“There is always room for improvement, I just have to keep looking for it and keep working on it. The manager and my team-mates can keep helping me get better.”
During his time at Liverpool, Van Dijk has helped the Reds reach two consecutive Champions League finals. While they heartbreakingly lost the first of the two, they won the 2nd final last year against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Van Dijk himself was named the UEFA player of the season and came 2nd in the Balon d’Or race. Before the coronavirus pandemic brought the Premier League to an abrupt halt, Liverpool were on course for maiden Premier League title win.
Should the league resume, Van Dijk and his teammates will be confident of clinching the title and adding yet another feather to their hat.
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