Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk opens up on rejecting Chelsea and Manchester City
Virgil van Dijk has revealed his reasons for snubbing Chelsea and Man City in favour of Liverpool.
Van Dijk became the world’s most expensive defender earlier this month when he joined Liverpool for £75million from Southampton.
The deal concluded a long pursuit of the Dutchman for Liverpool, who hope he can solve their defensive woes.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted Van Dijk to add more strength in depth while Manchester City eyed the defender as a long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.
But the 26-year-old says the chance to join the Reds and play under manager Jurgen Klopp was irresistible.
Asked by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher why he snubbed City and Chelsea, Van Dijk told Sky Sports: “I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing.
“You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I’m just very happy to play for the club.”
On Klopp, he added: “Everybody knows how he is as a manager.
“You can see it on TV, how lively he is and how much confidence he can give players and pushes the team forward.
“I think it’s a perfect fit for me as well. I think as a player you would love to have a manager who does that.
“Sometimes it’s a bit crazy, but I like it.”