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Virgil van Dijk opens up on rejecting Chelsea and Man City

Virgil van Dijk opens up on rejecting Chelsea and Man City

Virgil van Dijk has moved from Southampton to Liverpool for £75m - making him the most expensive defender ever - while the Reds have sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

When Virgil van Dijk signed for Liverpool just under two weeks ago, the first and obvious questions centered on the kind of impact he would have on the team. "I can't change anything about that", he added.

Defender Joe Gomez has given his thoughts on signing Virgil van Dijk, why Jurgen Klopp is a special manager and how Liverpool is the ideal fit for him.

Asked what made his new side an attractive destination for a player who was also the subject of interest from Chelsea, the former Celtic man replied: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is unbelievable".

'You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is fantastic.

As Gomez was unknown to Klopp and unable to showcase what he could do, it wouldn't have been surprising had he been shipped out on loan once fit but Klopp gave him patience and encouragement and made sure he stayed at Anfield throughout his development.

Suso of Milan gestures during the Serie A match between FC Crotone and AC Milan

'Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line - and I think Van Dijk is a top defender.

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"He has such a good relationship with all of his players, knowing when to talk to you, when to leave you, and he's been great for me, especially through the tough time I've been through".

It could have been very different, with Conte admitting he was keen to take the centre back - but it is understood the west London club would only have paid a full £25m less than Liverpool shelled out.

"Sometimes it's a bit insane, but I like it".


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