Liverpool star defender Virgil van Dijk admits it was a special feeling to compete
his move to the Reds in 2018.
The Dutch international joined Liverpool from Southampton 28
months ago in a £75 million deal that made him the most expensive defender in world
football at the time.
Since Van Dijk's arrival, Liverpool’s defence has been the
best in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s men winning the Champions League
and on the verge of lifting the Premier League title this term.
"It was surreal for me to have to make a decision where
to go to at the time. The instant feeling was there with Liverpool and they
ticked most of my boxes," Van Dijk told Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports.
"When I went to Celtic, I didn't realise how big they
were at the time, but I had a feeling before I joined Liverpool how big
Liverpool really were.
"You see all their games, I'd played there two times
before I joined them, and over the course of time before I signed, I met so
many people, Liverpool fans, that would say, 'I hope you sign for us'.
"It was special, and when things got finalised and you
start playing, my debut against Everton was something I will never forget.
"How things went in the end; starting in the winter,
reaching the Champions League final, the disappointment of losing it but then
winning it the year after, coming very close to winning the Premier League and
obviously now we are in a very fortunate position to hopefully get it over the
line when things start moving again.
"We are making big progress as a team and I have definitely
made big progress myself."
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