Van Dijk reveals that Jurgen Klopp was the reason he chose Liverpool and SNUBBED Man City and Chelsea
‘You look at the history, the squad and plans for the future, but the most important thing you look at is the manager’: Virgil van Dijk reveals that Jurgen Klopp was the reason he chose Liverpool and SNUBBED Manchester City and Chelsea before he switched £ 75 million
- Virgil van Dijk revealed that Jurgen Klopp was the reason he came to Liverpool
- The Holland international was approached by Manchester City and Chelsea
- In 2018, he switched Anfield for a world record amount for a £ 75 million defender
Virgil van Dijk has revealed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was the reason he turned off Manchester City and Chelsea before making his long-awaited Anfield move.
The defender has enjoyed an incredibly successful career with the Reds, winning the Premier League title, the Champions League and a Club World Cup under Klopp’s rule.
The Holland international became the most expensive defender in the world at the time, when he came to Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for £ 75 million.
Center-back Virgil van Dijk revealed that Jurgen Klopp was the reason he came to Liverpool
The defender defeated Man City and Chelsea when he signed up for a world record £ 75 million
However, in an elongated transfer saga, Van Dijk was also approached by Pep Guardiola and then-Chelsea manager Antionio Conte, as he explained: ‘I got a chance to go to Chelsea and Man City.
“When you compare the clubs, you look at the history, the city, the current squad, their plans for the near future.
But the most important thing you’re looking at is the manager – and Jurgen Klopp is a major reason why I chose Liverpool.
“Klopp has something special. Is it his energy? Is it his overall picture? Sometimes I sit and think about what he does and what he has more than others.
The defender has since won the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup
“I think it’s his man management. That’s more important today 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 crazy, but that really inspires you as a player. ‘
The switch from Van Dijk to the Reds hardly happened, because interest from Liverpool started the summer before his big money movement started.
After the summer transfer window passed in 2017, Van Dijk started the season with the Saints – however, much doubt arose about his future with the club as he became an unpopular figure at St Mary’s Stadium as he agreed to transfer for January window to go to Liverpool was open.
It turned out that the appeal of working under Klopp was too good for Van Dijk to refuse and he had to be patient to make his dream move final.
His move from Southampton almost didn’t happen, but he waited patiently to join the Reds