Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has disclosed how the passion and enthusiasm of Celtic fans helped him to make a move to Anfield though Manchester City had a keen interest in buying him.
Van Dijk has now revealed that he wanted to join Liverpool because of his experience which he had gained at Celtic, having played for the Glasgow for two seasons before he moving to Southampton in 2015 a £13m deal.
The towering defender drew similarities between the fans of both Celtic and Liverpool, claiming that his Parkhead experience played a key role for him to switch to Merseyside.
Mentioning about how important his spell in Scotland was for his career, Van Dijk told the Guardian: “But going to Celtic was fantastic for me even if it was the same situation I had in Holland. [Bigger] clubs doubted my ability because they thought the standard was not so high in Scotland. I kept working hard and I always believed in myself.
“And the fans at Celtic are amazing. They live and die for their club.
“That’s something I love – real fans, real passion. It’s why I also made the decision to come to Liverpool.”
The Netherland’s international has become a massive reinforcement in Liverpool’s defence as the Red’s have emerged as a team which the big names in Europe are having a tough time to cope up with,
However, Van Dijk will be aiming to win the first silverware of his career when Liverpool take on Premier League rivals Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.
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