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Virgil van Dijk explains why he picked Liverpool move amid Manchester City interest

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates goal against Manchester United

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed he carefully considered the Reds’ past, present, and future before agreeing on a move to the Premier League side in December 2017.

The Southampton defender had been linked with Manchester City for more than 12 months previous. The Blues interest was strong enough for the centre-back to be given a City shirt from his teammates in their 2016 Secret Santa.

However, Liverpool agreed to pay £75m and Van Dijk joined the Reds.

“Before I made the decision to choose Liverpool, I looked at all the aspects of the clubs; the way of playing, the team-mates, the future as well,” Van Dijk told BT Sport. “The city, the fans, everything has got to be a big part of joining a club.

“I think Liverpool at that time when I made the decision was the right decision and obviously to reach the Champions League final in my first six months was obviously a big bonus and helped me a lot in my development.”

Source: MEN

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