The Netherlands international completed a move to the Anfield outfit in the January transfer window in a £75m deal from their Premier League rivals Southampton following months of speculation.
Van Dijk has been a big hit with the Liverpool FC supporters after the Dutch defender managed to improve Jurgen Klopp’s leaky defence with a series of commanding performances in the middle of the defence.
The Reds managed to beat Portuguese outfit FC Porto, Premier League champions Manchester City and Serie A giants AS Roma in the Champions League knockout stage to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League final.
Van Dijk will have a huge role to play against La Liga side Real Madrid in the Champions League final as Liverpool FC look to contain Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in Kiev.
Speaking to the club’s website about his short stint at Liverpool FC so far, Van Dijk said:
“Sometimes I forget I’ve only been here for five months.
“I think that’s credit to everyone around me – the staff, the players obviously, the people at the club who help me every day. It also helps a lot that my family is settled here, too.
“We have a great, great bunch of guys in the team and I think the team spirit is very good, which is very important for players to settle in. It only can grow.
“I’ve not really been surprised [by our supporters]. I’ve seen so many examples, games or pictures or anything, and our fans are everywhere. Even when I wasn’t a Liverpool player, when I travelled around the world and I would see so many Liverpool shirts and fans. Now I really know how big the fanbase is of Liverpool. I am very proud to play for them and give my all for them.
“I see the videos of them on social media – I can’t miss it really! It makes you proud. It makes you motivated to give even more than you already are trying to do. You play for the team, you play for the club and you play for the fans as well. It’s amazing to have such support behind you.”
Liverpool FC signed Van Dijk in the January transfer window from Southampton back in January to become the world’s most expensive defender.
Van Dijk scored a headed winner in a 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup on his debut.
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