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Van Dijk: "I had the chance to go to Chelsea and Man City,"

Dutch centre-back Van Dijk has already lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup with Liverpool and will be lifting the Premier League trophy in a few weeks time.

Van Dijk enjoying life at Anfield [Getty]
Van Dijk enjoying life at Anfield [Getty]

Van Dijk reveals how Klopp convinced him to shun Chelsea and Man City to join Liverpool football club.


Virgil van Dijk has admitted that Jurgen Klopp was a key factor in his decision to ignore Chelsea and Manchester City for a move to Liverpool.


The Dutch centre-back left Southampton to join Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in January 2018 for a reported fee of £75million.


Van Dijk was linked with a move to several clubs at the time but decided he was heading for Anfield, where he has won the Champions League and Premier League.


"I had the chance to go to Chelsea and Man City," Netherlands international Van Dijk said as quoted by the Daily Mirror.


"When you compare the clubs, you look at the history, the town, the current squad, their plans for the near future.



"But the most important thing you look at is the manager - and Jurgen Klopp is an important reason why I chose for Liverpool.


"Klopp has something special. Is it his energy? Is it his overall image?


"I sometimes sit and think about what he does and what he has more than others.


"I think it is his man-management. These days that is more important than anything in football.


"Klopp gives you this great feeling. He is genuinely happy when you walk into the club in the morning. It may sound daft, but that really inspires you as a player."


The 28-year-old has already lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup with Liverpool and will be lifting the Premier League trophy in a few weeks time.


"I have always said that lifting the Premier League ­trophy would be a dream. That dream has become a reality now," he added



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