Virgil van Dijk makes open admission about signing for Liverpool FC
Virgil van Dijk reveals how a group of Liverpool FC supporters helped to convince him to sign for the club
Virgil van Dijk has revealed how a group of Liverpool FC supporters helped to convince him that a move to Anfield was the right decision for him.
The Netherlands international signed for the Reds in the January transfer window from Southampton after having been relentlessly linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer transfer window last year.
Van Dijk has settled quickly into life at Anfield and has been earning lots of praise for his strong performances for the Reds since the move.
The defender was linked with a number of clubs throughout the summer transfer window last year, including Liverpool FC’s Premier League rivals Chelsea FC.
However, the Dutchman has now admitted that the widespread influence of Liverpool FC fans helped to convince him that a move to Anfield was a good idea, after he attended the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus last year in Cardiff.
Van Dijk is quoted as saying by Metro: “I never really go to big games to watch as a fan, but I was in Cardiff. The sponsors hooked us up with two fantastic seats and it was two hours from where I used to live so we thought, ‘Let’s go’.
“From the moment I got there a lot of people in hospitality were Liverpool fans and they were saying, ‘Join, please join.’
“It was funny to see how big the support and fan base of Liverpool is.
“That sort of thing stays with you. Influence? That is a big word, but it does something to you.
“There was a lot of attention on myself. There had been a lot of talk about different clubs at that time.
“It could have been different fans coming up to me and saying, ‘Come to us’ but 90 per cent of the supporters were Liverpool.
“That says a lot and the people who were with me were like, ‘Woah, there are so many Liverpool fans, it is all over the world’. It was incredible.”
Liverpool FC are now bound to be linked with a host of other players this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to assemble a team capable of winning the Premier League title next season.
The Reds finished fourth in the Premier League to book their spot in the Champions League for next term.